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Jun 22, 2012 10:19 AM

Need Gift Certificate Recommendations For NYC Wedding Gift

I need a gift certificate to a nice (food and ambiance) NYC restaurant for my brother and his wife. They live in Manhattan and have enjoyed Morimoto, Gordon Ramsay and Le Bernadin. I'm looking for something along those lines where it won't be too difficult to get a reservation (no Per Se). I thought Corton looked good, but I'm interested in other ideas. Thanks!

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  1. I think your best bet would be to get a gift certificate from USHG (Union Square Hospitality Group). It could used at any of the Danny Meyer restaurants, e.g. Union Sqaure Cafe, The Modern, Gramercy Tavern. Would give the people receiving it the most flexibility and USHG owns some wonderful restaurants in the city.

    1. If your friends enjoyed Le Bernardin, a gift certificate to Corton would be a great choice. The food there is equally cerebral and precise and the flavors combinations are even more imaginative. Corton is a relatively easy reservation as well.

      1. Both suggestions below are excellent ones! Another really wonderful place that often flies under the radar is Tocqueville.

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        1. re: ChefJune

          Tocqueville is great, but they have a $29 lunch prix fixe, so a gift certificate somewhere that doesn't have such a good deal already would go farther.

          1. re: Pan

            The fact that there is a $29 lunch prix-fixe is not a good reason to avoid giving a Tocqueville gift certificate. I would presume that the couple receiving it would use it for dinner. But even if they choose to use it at lunch, the prix-fixe is a very limited menu. The a la carte menu includes several fantastic signature dishes that will never appear on the prix-fixe. Plus, there are tasting menus at both lunch and dinner.

            Mr. R. and I recently had lunch there with two Chowhound pals. We ordered from the a la carte menu. The four of us agreed that the meal was sensational. We also agreed that, as ChefJune indicated, Tocqueville is one of the most under-appreciated restaurants in the city.

            Photos of our most recent lunch at Tocqueville:


            1. re: RGR

              It's a matter of comparative value. I've been extremely satisfied with their lunch prix fixe, and my argument is that a gift certificate for a more inherently expensive restaurant of equal or greater quality would go farther. I certainly would never turn up my nose at a gift certificate to Tocqueville, which I agree is an outstanding restaurant - and I'm basing my assessment only on two prix fixe lunches!