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Need help deciding -- anniversary and birthday dinners -- your top two or three from list?

doggiebag May 5, 2012 01:30 PM

My husband and I will be in NYC for his work for the spring. During that time we have some celebrations -- his birthday, my birthday, our wedding anniversary. A great excuse for some nice meals. We don't care so much about going to the most elegant places as about eating well and having a nice time. Also, we eat fish but no meat. We've made reservations and have some choices to make.... Which would your top two or three be from this list? Many thanks.

The Dutch
Locanda Verde
Kyo Ya
ABC Kitchen

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  1. princeofpork3 RE: doggiebag May 5, 2012 05:55 PM

    From the list above I would go to;

    In that order

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      Pan RE: doggiebag May 6, 2012 02:09 PM

      Kyo Ya is really special if you do the kaiseki. Otherwise, it's merely very good and possibly overpriced (my brother thought so). The kaiseki is definitely a fair value - expensive, but certainly worth it.

      I liked Locanda Verde, but it's an entirely different atmosphere - kind of loudish and convivial, perhaps a bit rushed. Kyo Ya is entirely relaxing, a real Zen experience.

      I haven't been to the others.

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        kathryn RE: doggiebag May 6, 2012 02:20 PM

        I've been to all of those but Acme. I'd do Locanda Verde (assuming there is enough for you guys on the menu) and Kyo Ya. ABC doesn't feel special enough to me, neither does the Dutch, but you could do either for brunch if you still want to try it.

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          doggiebag RE: kathryn May 6, 2012 06:43 PM

          Thanks so much to everyone for the responses. Yes, I have read some info on the boards about the Dutch and even LV perhaps not feeling as special for occasions. I had a pre-theatre meal once at ABC and found the room lovely but didn't get a real sense as was so early. We are not necessarily needing fancy or hushed atmosphere but festive/romantic would be nice.

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