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Anniversary Dinner

Thank you all for your responses. Decided on Modern. Something about the menu really appeals us. And we asked for a table along the window. Will report back. Thanks!!

Mar 25, 2012
suzkam in Manhattan

Anniversary Dinner

Well, based on all of your comments and reviews, my husband and I chose EMP. However, on Friday morning (28 days before the date), both of us got caught up at work and didn't get to call until the early afternoon. Alas, we are on the waitlist. VERY disappointing and now we are trying to figure out Plan B -- with much indecision!! Per Se is out because its just too expensive and Le Bernadin is all booked up for the night. SO, here is our list:

The Modern (just love the menu they have on their website, but I am worried that the atmosphere won't be right AND I was originally thinking of going someplace below midtown)

Gramercy Tavern (most say too casual for a 10th anniversary dinner?)

Tocqueville (somethign about it is not grabbing me -- can't quite explain it)

Craft (again, too casual of an atmosphere?)

Daniel (overrated and too stuffy?)

Jean Georges (what if we can't get one of the alcove tables?)

Would love some input. We literally get a chance to do a dinner like this about once a year, so I feel like I am laboring over this decision when I really just need to pick one! Thanks so much!

Mar 24, 2012
suzkam in Manhattan

Anniversary Dinner

The menu at Tocqueville looks wonderful. Agreed about EMP's grid menu - not sure how that works. Asked the previous poster for some clarification on that.

Thanks for your input!

Jan 29, 2012
suzkam in Manhattan

Anniversary Dinner

Thank you for the great feedback on Craft. Definitely sounds interesting. And one that we are keeping on the short list.

Looked at EMP's menu and am a little confused - it's just a grid with some proteins, vegetables, etc on it. Wonder if you could offer a little more light on how that works.

Thank you again!!

Jan 29, 2012
suzkam in Manhattan

Anniversary Dinner

I would say $100 - $150 per peron for food. We had thought about Craft, but heard in a few places that it's a bit overrated. Glad to hear someone recommend it - will look into that one again. Don't know your other suggestions, so going to check out their menus online now. Thanks!

Jan 29, 2012
suzkam in Manhattan

Anniversary Dinner

Live in Connecticut, but about once a year we like to have a special dinner in NYC. This year it will be for our 10 year anniversary. Of the best restaurants in the city, we have only been to Babbo and Nobu. Loved both. Budget is about $200 for food, not including drinks. Somewhat flexible, but not into Per Se territory. As for cuisine, would prefer to not have Asian since we plan on going for dim sum the next morning in Chinatown. Otherwise, we are pretty open. And also would prefer something from midtown on down. In the end, we are looking for great food in a not too stuffy atmosphere. Thanks in advance!

Jan 29, 2012
suzkam in Manhattan

Dining between Ft. Myers and Captiva Island

I am flying into the airport in Fort Myers on Saturday and then driving to our hotel on Captiva Island. There are going to be 8 adults and 5 children (!) and we are looking for a place to eat between the airport and the hotel -- while I would like the food to be good, we also need it to be relatively quick (the kids are going to have been travelling for a full day and not up for a long sit down meal) and casual. And open to a large party. Flexible as to its location as long as its right off the highway between the airport and our destination.Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

Jun 30, 2011
suzkam in Florida

New Year's Eve with a toddler

Thanks for the suggestions! I have never heard of a few of those restaurants -- they look great! However, we ended up making reservations at 5pm at Rosa Mexicano. They have a kids menu and I figured that its a fun environment. Plus, they have their regular menu on NYE, which is a plus. I will let everyone know how it goes!

Dec 29, 2009
suzkam in Manhattan

New Year's Eve with a toddler

We are spending the New Year's Eve day in Manhattan with our toddler -- hitting the predictable places, Rockefeller Center, the Disney store and FAO Schwartz. We want to do a 5pm dinner in midtown, preferably near FAO Schwartz. I really don't want to compromise on food quality, but I also don't want to bring my 2 year old boy to a place where kids are not welcome. Virtually any kind of food is fine with us, maybe with the exception of Japanese/sushi. And we would prefer not to spend over $150 for the three of us (my husband, my son and I). I have been doing alot of research (including searching the archives of this site) and have found a few restaurants that people recommend:

La Bonne Soupe
Beacon
Pop Burger
Rosa Mexicano

I realize that those are three very different kind of restuarants, but we are definitely open -- the key is good food, noisy atmosphere that won't frown at a child and maybe even a little festive (since it is New Year's Eve). I appreciate all suggestions! Thanks in advance!

Dec 28, 2009
suzkam in Manhattan