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Jul 22, 2012 01:29 PM

30th Birthday Dinner for my Wife

Hi, I am looking for a place to have a 30th birthday dinner for my wife. We are looking for 2 people, romantic, upscale and with amazing food. Probably around $350 total as the limit. Any suggestions aside from the usual (Le Bernadin, Per Se, Jean Georges...)?

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    1. re: Lacrosse_Gastronomic

      Thank you, I was looking at the restaurants, but they seem to have mixed reviews. Was there a particular aspect that you liked about each?

      1. re: hockeyhasdays

        I've dined at all three restaurants. The Modern Dining Room is my least favorite of the three. Go to Picholine for classic style food. Go to Corton for more daring food. Service is very good at both.

        1. re: ellenost

          Thank you, that is good to know. I am leaning towards one of the two right now.

        2. re: hockeyhasdays

          Corton is experimental but still very much within the framework of classic French cuisine. It probably has the best wine list among the three.

          Picholine would most closely resemble the experience that you would get at Le Bernardin and Jean Georges. I dined there again last week and the food was better than ever. The cheese cart was very enjoyable, particularly the Époisses de Bourgogne.

          The Modern Dining Room has the liveliest and the least stuffy atmosphere which your young wife might prefer. The food can be very good and the chocolate cart is always delightful, but the restaurant still is in my opinion a tier below Corton, Picholine, and the four stars.

          It's hard to find uniformly good reviews even among the best restaurants. Even Le Bernardin, Daniel, and Jean Georges get bashed on CH with some regularity but hey, it's all good. We're all amateur reviewers with differing tastes.

          1. re: Lacrosse_Gastronomic

            Thank you so much for the additional information, it is extremely helpful.