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Save me from my mother

kk202 Mar 6, 2013 03:40 PM

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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    H Manning RE: kk202 Mar 6, 2013 03:44 PM

    Union Square Café

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

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      foodwhisperer RE: H Manning Mar 6, 2013 04:07 PM

      Also Tocqueville,

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      thegforceny RE: kk202 Mar 6, 2013 04:02 PM

      The Mark

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        kathryn RE: kk202 Mar 6, 2013 04:05 PM


        Minetta Tavern!

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          kk202 RE: kk202 Mar 6, 2013 04:57 PM

          Thanks all!

          1. princeofpork3 RE: kk202 Mar 6, 2013 05:19 PM

            can you explain whats wrong with Princeton club

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              kk202 RE: princeofpork3 Mar 6, 2013 05:44 PM

              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.

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              rrems RE: kk202 Mar 6, 2013 08:26 PM


              1. ipsedixit RE: kk202 Mar 6, 2013 08:41 PM

                Pig and Khao

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                  afong56 RE: kk202 Mar 7, 2013 05:45 AM

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

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                    kk202 RE: afong56 Mar 7, 2013 05:49 AM

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

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                      VaPaula RE: afong56 Mar 7, 2013 09:09 AM

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

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

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                        kk202 RE: VaPaula Mar 7, 2013 08:28 PM

                        Glad you can relate, VaPaula!

                    2. Monica RE: kk202 Mar 7, 2013 06:16 AM

                      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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                        kk202 RE: Monica Mar 7, 2013 08:34 PM

                        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!

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                        UES Mayor RE: kk202 Mar 7, 2013 06:46 AM

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

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                          kk202 RE: UES Mayor Mar 7, 2013 08:35 PM

                          Def not her scene!

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