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Nice, upscale restaurant beyond the standard fare

My wife and I are taking out another couple in mid december for a celebratory dinner of sorts. We plan to pay for the whole meal, so while we want some place nice, we also are not looking for the 8 course tasting dinner at Daniel. For example, I love the idea of Tocqueville but it is out of our price range.

We have no preference on food type or location. Although Eastside is easier, a great spot on the Westside or downtown will not be overlooked. Extra points for something on the Upper East Side, but again, we are not married to the area.

Please help if you can!

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  1. Would you be able to narrow your price range a little?

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    1. re: melpy

      Ideally a place where entrees can be found in the $20's. High $20's are fine. I am trying to stay away from restaurants where the cheapest entree is over $30.

    2. We like a little bistro on Cornelia Street (W. Village) called Le Gigot. Check out their menu on their web site and see what you think. The food is very good. The room is small but charming. http://www.legigotrestaurant.com/menu...

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      1. re: ChefJune

        I personally wouldn't recommend Le Gigot as a celebratory destination restaurant, BUT if you go, just a warning that they only accept cash or American Express.

      2. I would look into:
        Public
        Perilla
        Louro
        Colicchio & Sons - Tap Room

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        1. re: kathryn

          I like Perilla too and think it fits perfectly what OP is asking for

          1. re: AubWah

            Perilla is definitely intimate and pretty casual, portions are substantial for the price you pay.

        2. If you're willing to think neighborhood place, take a look at Jubilee. I've liked them a lot since they moved and have had several very successful evenings with guests. It's my new local go-to for good, not overpriced French - Entrées from about $26-$36.
          http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...
          and
          http://www.jubileeny.net

          1. La Silhouette is quite romantic and a talented chef to match.
            Sorry, I just noticed that it has closed, which is rather shocking.

            1. try jean claude on the upper east side on 2nd ave. & 71st street
              http://www.jeanclaudenyc.com/

              1. Curious: what is "the standard fare"?