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Quintessial Dining Experience - NYC

My now-husband moved to NYC three years ago next week to date me ... I want to reward him on the anniversary of his move date with an amazing dinner ...

Am thinking of taking him on a touristy visit to Empire State Building pre ...

All suggestions welcome, thanks in advance.

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  1. To me, Minetta Tavern is the current quintessential NYC dining experience.

    I'd say Keens is probably the quintessential Old Skool NYC dining experience.

    1. I think the responses to your question are going to be amazingly -- and interestingly -- varied.

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      1. re: Sneakeater

        wow Keen's looks amazing, and duh, Minetta, forgot all about that place. I can't wait to see the responses! Thanks Sneakeater.

        1. re: iriedesign

          sneakeater beat me to it, I was going to suggest Keen's. For me, that place oozes old New York

          1. re: Spiritchaser

            I just noticed this thread. I had some out-of-towners who wanted old school NYC, midtown, no seafood. I took them to Keens a couple of nights ago, and they loved it. The mutton chop is a must, if you go.

            1. re: SteveSCT

              Just went to Keens again last night and I can't think of a better place for food, history and classic old NYC. Get a dirty martini and dive into some serious meat.

      2. La Grenouille, as memorialized by Truman Capote.

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        1. re: Lacrosse_Gastronomic

          Truman Capote memorialized La Cote Basque (now Benoit) in "Answered Prayers," though he and his "swans" were also regulars at La Grenouille.

        2. The Oyster Bar in Grand Central comes to mind with a beer or two at McSorley's afterwards.

          Too bad Luchow's is still not with us.

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          1. re: Duppie

            I love the spirit of this post, ... good to keep in mind.

            1. re: Duppie

              Quintessential "fancy schmancy" or quintessential down and dirty??
              We love starting our dnner experience @ Grand Central Oyster Bar for oysters and maybe some chowder. The rest of the menu is not spectacular.
              After enjoying the Oyster Bar experience head out for dinner @ Katz's or Great NY Noodle Co for a less fancy Manhattan experience. @ Katz's split a pastrami sammich on rye. Plenty for two.

              1. re: Motosport

                I"m open to both ... though leaning toward fancy. Since this anniversary of his moving here will come up a lot, it'll be good to have lots of options. We do Katz's often, but the Great NY Noodle Co looks awesome.

                1. re: iriedesign

                  just to point out, and not intending to put works in Motosport's mouth, but i THINK the place in question is Great NY Noodletown.

                  1. re: tex.s.toast

                    Mea culpa!! How could I make such a mistake? Where is my sword?

                    1. re: Motosport

                      hey, just trying to keep the OP away from noodles and co (the third result for a google search for "Great NY Noodle Co" - thankfully teh good folks at google are all knowing and the first result would have directed iriedesign to the correct spot)

                      1. re: tex.s.toast

                        I love the diligence on this list ... luckily, my goggle search for Great NY Noodle Co did bring the correct Great NY NoodleTown, and sadly I only focused on GREAT NY, so didn't even notice, but it's always good to know the true name.

                        Nice work everyone.

                        1. re: iriedesign

                          It's a decidedly non-fancy restaurant, though. Delicious food, gross bathrooms, super-informal atmosphere.

                          I'd add John's of 12th St. to this list, as it's a super-old Italian-American restaurant, but it is certainly not of comparable luxury to La Grenouille, though a bit less informal than Noodletown. Quintessential New York dining for another day, I think.

                          1. re: Pan

                            ......Great NY Noodle Town @ 3 AM is quintessential NYC. How about?
                            1.Grand Central Oyster Bar for starters
                            2.A fine dining experience for dinner
                            3.Late night Jazz @ Kitano
                            4.Noodletown in the wee hours!!
                            I love NY!!