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Restaurant with great ambiance

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Trip to NYC next weekend to celebrate my 40th birthday. Looking for a restaurant that I can get reservations at for Saturday night. Buddakan is not available -- doesn't have to be Asian, but looking for great atmosphere -- fun, visually interesting with great food. Price range -- maxing out at $150 for two (pre-drinks). Never been to NYC before -- so I welcome your suggestions. Might do a harbor tour beforehand, so looking for something around 9:30 or 10. Any area of Manhattan.

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  1. If you like Buddakan type of ambiance (i.e. great ambiance & OK food), try the newly opened Tao Downtown, which is a spin-off of Tao Midtown. At least the food was better than that of its midtown counterpart and service was very good. It's right across the street from Buddakan too.

    Menu: http://taorestaurant.com/downtown/_fi...