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  • kk202 Mar 6, 2013 03:40 PM
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My mother wants to take me to lunch to celebrate my recent academic promotion. Where? The Princeton Club. Honestly, I'd rather eat a hot dog on the street. I'm being dramatic for effect and don't mean to sound ungrateful. I'm lucky to have a mom who wants to do something lovely for me, but I get out so infrequently (I have little kids), that great food AND atmosphere really matter. So, where to suggest instead? Here are the places she has taken me to over the last few years: The Oak Room, The Knickerbocker, The Water Club, The Century, The Players Club--you see what I mean. Maybe some newer classic New York restaurants? A little less stuffy. Thanks in advance!

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  1. Union Square Café
    Babbo
    Tocqueville
    Balthazar

    Or Momofuku Ssam Bar if you want to shock her ;)

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    1. re: H Manning

      Also Tocqueville,

    2. The Mark
      Toqueville
      Riverpark

      1. Keens?

        Minetta Tavern!

        1. Thanks all!

          1. can you explain whats wrong with Princeton club

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            1. re: princeofpork3

              It's not a place I would choose to go to (I've been there several times for family events). The food is not exactly memorable. Plus, I'm looking for a more upbeat celebratory atmosphere.

            2. Oceana

              1. Pig and Khao

                1. sorry, no recs, but a +1 and a thumbs up for "best thread title". . .well played

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                  1. re: afong56

                    Ha! Thanks, afong56! Where do you go to celebrate?

                    1. re: afong56

                      +1 on the thread title. Hilarious. We've all been there...

                      How about the NoMad? I could see a classy Mom being happy there.

                      1. re: VaPaula

                        Glad you can relate, VaPaula!

                    2. You are lucky(as you mentioned) to have a mom who is generous to buy you a nice meal. Both of my moms(my mom and my mother in law) always expect me to buy them everything....My mother in law has not paid for any meal for last 6 years I've known her...so yeah, I am jealous. =)

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                      1. re: Monica

                        Monica, you are right, of course, about it being a nice gesture. But, I envy you a bit. I'm not in a position to pick up the bill right now--I wish I was. Since I suggested we might go elsewhere (including several of the suggestions on this thread--thanks chowhounds), I haven't heard a peep from her. Sigh. I just want a good meal that someone else cooked! Ah well. My kids will complain about me some day, but I doubt it will be related to food!

                      2. Take her to Rawhide before it closes!!!! Great for pre dinner drinks

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                        1. re: UES Mayor

                          Def not her scene!