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Mar 12, 2013 04:50 PM

Birthday Dinner

Oops. Waited too long and Lenoir only has a 5:30 reservation for a table (or a 6 for the bar, but that doesn't sound very "special"). I've been to Congress, Uchi, Uchiko, Trio, Carillon, Wink, Fabi & Rosi, Vespaio, Hudson's, Fonda SM.

Should I take the 5:30 reservation (wow, that's really early - even for me) is there someplace else OR should I just make my reservation for "not my birthday - birthday in April?

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    1. re: ieathereforeiam

      I'll second that. Low fuss, easy parking, good service, gorgeous patio. I chose them for my birthday last year, and was very pleased I had. If your birthday happens to be on a Sunday when they're having their family dinner, even better.

      Other ideas: La Condesa, Sway, Olivia, TX French Bread, or FINO...

      1. re: Optimista

        I've decided to take a 7:00 reservation (a bit on the late side for me, but just by a little) on the 30th. Close enough to by b-day, and I've been dying to try them.

        1. re: amysuehere

          I'm surprised they didn't have anything earlier! I would've thought 7p would be in higher demand than anything earlier. Hope you enjoy it!

          1. re: Optimista

            I know; huh? No worries though. Going this Saturday and am looking forward to it.

            1. re: amysuehere

              How many of you are there? I just got on Open Table and looked for four-tops for Saturday at Olive & June, and it appeared there were plenty to be had before 7:00...

              1. re: amysuehere

                Never mind...looks like increasing to five or more limits your options significantly. Weird!

      2. Carillion excuse my spelling but the place rocks

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        1. re: Rptrane

          Uhp...forgot that one. Been there too.

        2. out of places you haven't been to, why not Barley Swine?

          1. I haven't been and certainly it may not be as "special" as the above mentioned joints, but is French Quarter Grill worth a decent night out while waiting for something more upscale? I've been hearing good news.

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            1. re: slowcoooked

              We were hoping there would be a cold Sunday to do the brunch, but no such luck. This is still on the radar for a lunch/dinner on a "regular week."

              I've been tempted to do Chez Nous. It's reliable. It's tasty. It's good bang for the buck. Sometimes, that's all you need for an exceptional evening.

              1. re: slowcoooked

                French quarter is good but probably not as special as experience as the op is looking for. It's totally solid food though.

              2. Oh well. Wasn't meant to be. Got sick yesterday and had to cancel my reservations. Someone was happy to get our two-top...

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                1. re: amysuehere

                  Sorry to hear that. Hope you're feeling better now.

                  And you should reschedule that celebration!

                  1. re: Optimista

                    Yes, thank you.

                    Yeah, I really felt bad cancelling that day, but I figure the two-top wouldn't be an issue to fill at such short notice.