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JenniferK Jun 29, 2012 08:42 AM

My anniversary with my husband is coming up at the end of August. I would like to surprise him with a nice reservation somewhere. He is a major foodie and has high standards. :) The only wrinkle is that I don't eat a lot of meat, so a prix fixe menu where I would "have" to order certain things won't work. And I don't want anywhere too casual in atmosphere. Tx in advance for suggestions!!!

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    sylviag Jun 29, 2012 12:28 PM

    We celebrated a friend's special birthday at the Fountain Room at the Four Seasons recently.
    We hadn't been there for a long time, and weren't sure what to expect.
    It was marvelous!
    We are foodies, and we loved every course. There is a prix-fixe menu at $80 with seven choices on the appetizer list, seven choices of entree, and choices of dessert. I just looked at the menu, which is online, and there are many dishes without meat.
    The atmosphere was festive and beautiful, and the service was wonderful. There was a big range of age groups dining the night we were there.
    Although I love LaCroix and Vetri, I would choose the Fountain Room as a place to celebrate your anniversary. Meritage and Osteria are favorites of ours and are terrific, but the special ambience of the Fountain added to our occasion.

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      BelgianBeerMistress Jun 29, 2012 11:10 AM

      Have you thought about Talula's Garden? The interior is stunning, but not too fancy. The food is wonderful, and there are lots of veg-heavy items. It's basically fine dining service/quality/portions, but with a more relaxed environment. I had my birthday meal there and was very very pleased.

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        barryg Jun 29, 2012 09:48 AM

        I haven't been there yet but the new Le Bec Fin menu is a la carte only, but has a complete veggie option.

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          Philly Ray Jun 29, 2012 08:54 AM

          I'm not sure if they close for vacation around then, but I think Vetri will work for you. Even though they are prix fixe, you can choose the dishes and they have a lot if non-meat options. As for atmosphere, it is not ultra formal, but not necessarily casual.

          If you want something more formal, I would recommend Lacroix. They have both an a la carte and a prix fixe menu.

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            urbanfabric Jun 29, 2012 08:54 AM

            Do you have an area of the City in mind? A price range? At the higher end, Lacroix and Vetri would be really nice, but if that's more than you want to spend, I'd look at one of the nicer BYOBs, Farm & Fisherman, Russet, Kanella, Fond, etc.
            If you want to avoid meat all together, everyone's raving about Vedge.

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              JenniferK Jun 29, 2012 09:11 AM

              Tx! This is our 10 yr anniversary, so the sky's the limit on price! I know he would love Vetri (if i can get a table), but it seemed to me it was a tasting menu and that I wouldn't be able to avoid pig's ear, eg. I guess I should just call and see! Do you think Lacroix would be too "stodgy"?

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                Buckethead Jun 29, 2012 09:18 AM

                I would recommend Osteria over Vetri any day, I wasn't impressed with my recent meal at Vetri and the price was ridiculous. My recent dinner at Osteria, on the other hand, was better than ever. It's both better and much less expensive than Vetri. The atmosphere at Osteria may be too casual for you for this occasion though, and a lot of Osteria's best dishes involve meat.

                Vedge is fantastic, I'd recommend that over Osteria but they're both on the same level. The atmosphere at Vedge is more in line with what you seem to have in mind. Bibou is great too but there aren't a lot of vegetarian things on offer.

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                  JenniferK Jun 29, 2012 09:26 AM

                  Tx! I do love Osteria but feel its atmosphere is too noisy and casual for this occasion...

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                  Hungryin theBurbs Jun 29, 2012 09:24 AM

                  I know vegetarians who have raved about Vetri meals. The nice thing about a high-end place like that is that they will absolutely tailor the meal to your preferences, especially if you let them know in advance. LaCroix isn't stodgy at all, though it does have a more formal atmosphere.

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                    JenniferK Jun 29, 2012 12:41 PM

                    I called Vetri and they were super nice! They will definitely tailor the meal to my needs and to those of my husband's! Super excited.

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                    Bigley9 Jun 29, 2012 10:11 AM

                    +1 for Vetri - I have never had a bad meal there, and while not a vegetarian, I don't eat a lot of meat. But let me add Meritage to the list of options. It is a nice space and has a good mix on the menu - also both large and small plates so if you wanted a little meat you could get it.

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                      urbanfabric Jun 29, 2012 10:54 AM

                      There is no problem at Vetri for you to tell them what you prefer. They will probably bring you and your husband different dishes.
                      I don't think Lacroix is stodgy at all. The kitchen staff is young and inventive and while it's more formal than Vetri, in the many times we've been, we've never felt it was the least bit pretentious or stodgy. We're usually on the younger side of the clientele, too, but we do a lot of our big splurge dinners there because it really delivers on inventive food and classy service.

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