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Advice on good spot for anniversary dinner?

mlb51677 Oct 29, 2013 03:57 PM

Hi all- I'm looking for a romantic, but not too stuffy/conservative place to go for an anniversary dinner in about 3 weeks. Preferably below 23rd St. I usually go out in Brooklyn, but some of our recent favorite meals in the city have been: Jungsik, Perla, Marc Forgione. My first thought was the NoMad but there are no reservations available. Any help is appreciated!

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  1. zeeEats RE: mlb51677 Oct 29, 2013 04:13 PM

    Annisa is quite low-key and romantic in the sense that the dining room is never really packed or too noisy. Did you try calling The NoMad? Sometimes they may not have any tables available online but reserve tables for diners who call - you can also consider getting on the waitlist anyway.

    I love Perla and Marc Forgione myself but not sure I would think of either restaurants as being particularly "anniversary appropriate"...

    However judging by your tastes I would consider Costata, Momofuku Ko, Piora, Torrisi.

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      Pookipichu RE: zeeEats Oct 30, 2013 11:02 AM

      +1 Annisa is really wonderful, romantic and not-stuffy.

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      kathryn RE: mlb51677 Oct 29, 2013 05:34 PM

      What's the date you wish to dine? The NoMad books up quickly at 4 weeks most of the time (right when they open their books). If you can name a date, maybe we can help run through what shows up on OpenTable?

      Annisa is a possibility but in my experience they open their books 3 months in advance so you might have trouble getting a prime time Saturday night table.

      Perhaps Mas Farmhouse or Craft?

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        mlb51677 RE: kathryn Oct 29, 2013 07:15 PM

        Thank you so much for your help! The date is Nov 21 (ideally 7:30-8:30 rez time). I will try calling the NoMad, but if that doesn't work, I think I narrowed it down to the following options:
        Mas farmhouse

        Thoughts? As for the other suggestions, I love torrisi but haven't been since it first opened. Is it worth going again? (Piora and annisa not avail).

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          zeeEats RE: mlb51677 Oct 30, 2013 06:56 AM

          I think Mas Farmhouse is great, elegant but not stuffy at all. Also love that they're very flexible with the tasting menus.

          Tocqueville is very solid albeit not the most "exciting" fine dining restaurant - do love the seared scallop with foie gras and uni pasta. I do feel like Tocqueville is probably the most traditional of the bunch, not in the same vein as NoMad, Perla or Jungsik as you had mentioned. A elegant and rather serene restaurant if that's what you want.

          I personally really like the coziness of Torrisi. It may be worth visiting again since their menu has switched to a daily rotating tasting menu only (assuming you went before Parm broke off).

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            dyrewolf RE: zeeEats Oct 30, 2013 07:51 AM

            +1 on Tocqueville...

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            sgordon RE: mlb51677 Oct 30, 2013 07:19 AM

            Those are all good thoughts - based on those four I'd probably throw Gramercy Tavern into the mix as well - food is always excellent, ambiance probably more romantic than those, plus the classic Danny Meyer service lends a certain aura to a meal.

            The other Mas (la grillade) was also a good call, I think I prefer it to (farmhouse) personally...

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              mlb51677 RE: sgordon Oct 30, 2013 10:15 AM

              Great ideas. Gramercy is booked solid and I've been to Blue Hill, so now i'm strongly leaning towards one of the Mas spots if NoMad parlour or fireplace room is a no-go.

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                kathryn RE: mlb51677 Oct 30, 2013 11:21 AM

                I see 6 or 9:30 at Annisa, does that not work for you?

                Both Craft as well as Colicchio & Sons have primetime tables left.

        2. thehungryegghead RE: mlb51677 Oct 29, 2013 10:19 PM

          Mas La Grillade? Food is fantastic and servers are really nice and never rush you.

          Their menu: http://www.maslagrillade.com/home/wp-...

          1. Spiritchaser RE: mlb51677 Oct 30, 2013 07:29 AM

            Try calling NoMad (as others suggested) but if this is for an anniversary you have to request the Parlour or the Fireplace room, the Atrium is just too bustling to be romantic. Another idea would be Blue Hill.

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              mlb51677 RE: mlb51677 Oct 31, 2013 09:02 PM

              Because of the good advice I got here, we were able to get a reservation at the NoMad over the phone. Thanks again all!

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                zeeEats RE: mlb51677 Nov 1, 2013 06:38 AM

                Wonderful to hear! Please do report back and enjoy your anniversary!

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                mlb51677 RE: mlb51677 Nov 26, 2013 10:32 AM

                Just wanted to report back that we thoroughly enjoyed the NoMad! Thanks to you all, we requested the fireplace room, which was incredibly cozy with a corner table. Of course the chicken was incredible and IMO worth the hype. Also loved the taglietelle and the squash bread that came with the meal! Not to mention some of the best cocktails, too. Will definitely return- at least for some snacks at the bar.

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                  r32nissan RE: mlb51677 Nov 26, 2013 04:09 PM

                  Go back to Perla. We love that place.

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