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Need Recommendations for a Glamorous Birthday Dinner in the City

I'm going to be spending my birthday in Manhattan tomorrow, and I have yet to find a fabulous restaurant to spend this special occasion at. I'm from LA and love a crowded, special, beautiful space with fabulous food & a star studded vibe. I moved from NJ/NY area 6 years ago, and I'm not really "In the Know" anymore... any suggestions? If I was spending my birthday in Los Angeles I would probably go to BOA on sunset it's always crowded, great food, wonderful service, and the atmosphere is grand. Also, while I'm at it, I would love to hear some ideas for a grand Breakfast/Brunch in the city, preferably white table cloth/extraordinary service real fresh squeezed orange juice, and gourmet french toast! Somewhere with a whimsical feel, lots of light would be ideal. Thank you!

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    1. re: intrepid3591

      food looks fab, but kinda small & homey... I'm looking for something more grand & celebratory. I've heard about Normas for breakfast, but too casual for the occasion. Any suggestions for a more luxurious expensive breakfast?

      1. re: beverlyhillsbabe

        I'm certain at whichever swanky hotel you're staying will be able to arrange something to your liking. You should check with your concierge.

        1. re: beverlyhillsbabe

          im a charter member of the soho house, they have a few rooms you can stay in, get a big suite stay there, eat there dinner and breakfast end of search,

          1. re: intrepid3591

            Already booked with the Peninsula, plus they have no availability.

      2. The NoMad but good luck getting a rez at last minute. This will be your problem at the places that meet your criteria - unless you want a 5:30 or 10PM reservation.

        Another option to investigate on OpenTable:
        Beauty and Essex

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        1. re: thegforceny

          Yes, I know that's the only thing working against me. I'm pretty flexible with times though....

        2. For weekday breakfast, perhaps The NoMad?

          1. what hotel you staying at, sounds like you dont know nyc at all

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            1. re: intrepid3591

              staying at the Peninsula. Just haven't been in the city for a while, wanna make sure I have a memorable birthday.

            2. what about Ai Fiori? Any opinions? Food & Space looks great on Yelp.

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              1. re: beverlyhillsbabe

                I love Ai Fiori but you might find it too corporate and sedate.

                1. re: Lacrosse_Gastronomic

                  Interesting... do you know anything fun, crowded, with great food?

                  1. re: beverlyhillsbabe

                    Minetta Tavern. Perhaps your concierge can get you a prime time reservation.

                    Scarpetta is also good though you've probably been to the Beverly Hills location.

                    La Grenouille is formal, crowded, and very glamorous but skews towards a more mature crowd.

                    For something new, young and hip you might look into Eater's Heat Map.

                    1. re: beverlyhillsbabe

                      sounds like you like places like tao, and buddakhan

                      1. re: intrepid3591

                        I think that's the type of recommendation perhaps the OP is looking for Buddakan with their 12 million dollar renovation cost is a real good choice. Tao has the same vibe, but the OP might already be familiar with Tao in Vegas. Kittichai has a real nice room and great bar at Thompson hotel. Jean Georges has great food and a bit of a buzz, but much more sedate and refined than the others. Del Posto is real nice.
                        Megu has their 15 million dollar renovation cost I think it was that high. Beautiful place, great lamb chops,,even though the sushi is what most people like , i prefer their cooked food.
                        I think Minetta is way to small , and not a good choice. I agree with another poster that Al Fiori is way to corporate and not a "cool" place. The Standard could be interesting , eat downstairs and get into their private area upstairs. LA women i'm sure have a way to charm themselves into that private area..then go across nearby to the Gaansvoort rooftop bar.

                        1. re: foodwhisperer

                          Thanks for such a great post! I actually ended up going to Tao for lunch yesterday and loved it! Great vibe & great food. I've never been to the one in Vegas but next time I'm there I will definitely be visiting. Thanks again for such a detailed post, very much appreciated!

                          1. re: beverlyhillsbabe

                            omg..enjoy just as i thought party on garth lololo