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Hi All,

As some may, but most probably won't, remember, I posted here a few months back prepping for my upcoming trip to NYC. Thanks so much for all your input then, but I am back because my plans have changed a bit and I could use some help.

I am not looking for something a bit down the opulence scale than I was previously with my 4 star aspirations. Right now, I need something( that will be delicious, affordable, and memorable, all while still feeling kinda special. I am looking into Ciano, Mission Chinese, or ABC Kitchen. (I know, really across the board!) Aldea was a thought, but the limited choices shut it out.

Each have their pluses and minuses
Ciano -rec'd to me by a chef friend, wish they offered a fresh pasta for the pf.
Mission- So hyped and I am sure we will enjoy, but with only two of us, how much can we seriously eat?
ABC KItchen- I can't find that they still offer the lunch pf. Anyone have it recently?

Those were just ideas, I welcome more from the board. Thanks so much!

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  1. Tocqueville. I've had two lunches there, and for the price, I'd be hard pressed to imagine anything beating the delicious food, gracious service and civilized overall experience.

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    1. re: Pan

      from your 3 original choices, definitely ABC, but agree with Pan that Tocqueville would be perfect. Consistent as can be, always delicious.

      1. re: cubicles

        By the way, RGR always spoke highly of Tocqueville. I hope she's still around to read this post. She was always gracious, passionate, and informative.

    2. See also this discussion on lunch prix fixes:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/874731

      I love Mission Chinese and it is very affordable but doesn't really feel special to me (assuming you mean special occasion). You can definitely try quite a few things with 2 people.

      ABC might work if you like the shabby chic and ABC Carpet & Home aesthetic. But it's not terribly "special occasion" if that, again, is what you want. I still see the lunch prix fixe on their site -- you have to drag down the dark square on the scrollbar. If you really want to be sure, I'd call and ask.

      http://www.abchome.com/Portals/0/abck...

      1. Tocqueville and ABC Kitchen are excellent choices for a delicious lunch. ABC is definently the more casual of the two whereas Tocquaville feels formal but in a relaxing way. Another choice for a "special feeling" would be Asiate. They offer a prix fix menu for lunch and the views and setting are gorgeous.

        1. Thanks for all the input. I misspoke a little with "special occasion" I meant something I can't really find here in Philly. We have wonderful Italian, kinda turning me from Ciano