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Need Recommendations for a Glamorous Birthday Dinner in the City

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beverlyhillsbabe Jan 8, 2013 11:15 AM

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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    intrepid3591 RE: beverlyhillsbabe Jan 8, 2013 11:39 AM

    dinner babbo, breakfast normas

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      beverlyhillsbabe RE: intrepid3591 Jan 8, 2013 11:51 AM

      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?

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        ellenost RE: beverlyhillsbabe Jan 8, 2013 12:17 PM

        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.

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          intrepid3591 RE: beverlyhillsbabe Jan 8, 2013 12:27 PM

          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,

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            beverlyhillsbabe RE: intrepid3591 Jan 8, 2013 12:36 PM

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

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        thegforceny RE: beverlyhillsbabe Jan 8, 2013 12:24 PM

        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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          beverlyhillsbabe RE: thegforceny Jan 8, 2013 12:35 PM

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

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          kathryn RE: beverlyhillsbabe Jan 8, 2013 12:25 PM

          For weekday breakfast, perhaps The NoMad?

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            intrepid3591 RE: beverlyhillsbabe Jan 8, 2013 12:28 PM

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

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              beverlyhillsbabe RE: intrepid3591 Jan 8, 2013 12:33 PM

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

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              beverlyhillsbabe RE: beverlyhillsbabe Jan 8, 2013 01:04 PM

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

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                Lacrosse_Gastronomic RE: beverlyhillsbabe Jan 8, 2013 01:10 PM

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

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                  beverlyhillsbabe RE: Lacrosse_Gastronomic Jan 8, 2013 01:13 PM

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

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                    Lacrosse_Gastronomic RE: beverlyhillsbabe Jan 8, 2013 01:15 PM

                    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.

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                      intrepid3591 RE: beverlyhillsbabe Jan 8, 2013 02:35 PM

                      sounds like you like places like tao, and buddakhan

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                        foodwhisperer RE: intrepid3591 Jan 9, 2013 08:56 AM

                        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.

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                          beverlyhillsbabe RE: foodwhisperer Jan 11, 2013 10:45 AM

                          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!

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                            intrepid3591 RE: beverlyhillsbabe Jan 12, 2013 07:20 AM

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

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                  MissMust RE: beverlyhillsbabe Jan 8, 2013 04:05 PM

                  Del Posto for Dinner 2 star michellin and the atmosphere you are looking for.

                  St. Regis for brunch, it's across the street from your hotel and has all of the items you listed. But, have your concierge call to confirm the french toast b/c they don't always offer it everyday.

                  You could add Gramercy Tavern to the mix, for dinner, if you feel more like American than Italian.

                  Do drinks at NoMad (the bar is stunning).

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                    ttoommyy RE: MissMust Jan 8, 2013 06:30 PM

                    I love Del Posto but I don't get anything from the OP that makes me think this is the right place for her. Del Posto is quiet and reserved. I feel like the OP wants excitement and a buzzy vibe. No?

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                    arepo RE: beverlyhillsbabe Jan 9, 2013 06:15 AM

                    Marea

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                      intrepid3591 RE: arepo Jan 9, 2013 06:18 AM

                      we had dinner at marea end of december, it was not even mediocre, i wont return..had eaten there about 5 times before that,

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                        Pan RE: intrepid3591 Jan 9, 2013 08:18 AM

                        Do you remember what you ordered?

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                          intrepid3591 RE: Pan Jan 9, 2013 08:35 AM

                          have you ever been?? what does one order at mare! fish, sesfood, pastas, risotto, all un memorable. ive been there amny times..not again its over

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                            Pan RE: intrepid3591 Jan 9, 2013 11:46 AM

                            Yes, I went once recently for lunch. There were some really good dishes, but I didn't find it a great value or an overwhelming experience.

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                              intrepid3591 RE: Pan Jan 10, 2013 07:26 AM

                              i go further, ill say its mediocre food, bland, listless, built for the clientele that goes there..

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                                Pan RE: intrepid3591 Jan 10, 2013 08:16 AM

                                There were several dishes that were far from bland or listless. The baccala ravioli (or whatever) with black truffles, for example.

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                                  alepenazzi RE: Pan Jan 10, 2013 09:42 AM

                                  I deeply love Marea, I never found any dish which I wasn't happy to pay for.. Which ones put you off?

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                                    Pan RE: alepenazzi Jan 10, 2013 11:15 AM

                                    Probably the only one I somewhat disliked was just a matter of taste. I found out that I don't really care for Santa Barbara uni and like Hokkaido uni, which I had at Kyo Ya. Otherwise, I didn't dislike anything; I just didn't think it was all outstanding. I'm hoping maybe Kobetobiko will eventually post photos of it all to jog my memory on what we ate. I may ask her about that.

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                                    intrepid3591 RE: Pan Jan 10, 2013 01:49 PM

                                    as it was, had it just 3 weeks ago, its mediocre for example

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                                      Pan RE: intrepid3591 Jan 10, 2013 03:14 PM

                                      I didn't feel my meal was mediocre, I just compared it unfavorably to my experiences at Ai Fiori and doubted it was really worth the money, but my dining partners said that it wasn't really appropriate to compare lunch to dinner.

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                                        intrepid3591 RE: Pan Jan 11, 2013 03:05 AM

                                        comparing lunch to dinner is irrelevant, if you enjoyed lunch great, if you didnt thats another story plain and simple i havent enjoyed this over hyped place enjoy

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                        bronwen RE: beverlyhillsbabe Jan 9, 2013 08:29 AM

                        It's after the fact but how about Le Cirque/Sirio's/EMP/Delmonico's

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