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Nice, upscale restaurant beyond the standard fare

gae204 Nov 19, 2013 01:10 PM

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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    Blumie Nov 20, 2013 12:49 PM

    Curious: what is "the standard fare"?

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      MarieLuncheonette Nov 20, 2013 09:55 AM

      try jean claude on the upper east side on 2nd ave. & 71st street

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        arepo Nov 19, 2013 07:35 PM

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

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          Jane A. Nov 19, 2013 03:03 PM

          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.

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            kathryn Nov 19, 2013 02:30 PM

            I would look into:
            Colicchio & Sons - Tap Room

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            1. re: kathryn
              AubWah Nov 20, 2013 04:19 AM

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

              1. re: AubWah
                zeeEats Nov 20, 2013 10:38 AM

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

            2. ChefJune Nov 19, 2013 02:02 PM

              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
                loratliff Nov 20, 2013 07:23 AM

                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. melpy Nov 19, 2013 01:18 PM

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

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                1. re: melpy
                  gae204 Nov 19, 2013 01:26 PM

                  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.

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