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Great Midtown Restaurants for first time visitors to NYC

I highly recommend 2 of my favorites in mid-town: Betony and Ma Peche. They're both in your price range.

Dec 16, 2014
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West 57th - Romantic - Wayfarer or Quality Italian?

I highly recommend Betony even though the downstairs seating for a party of 2 is half banquette seating. Maybe you could sit on the banquette and your wife could sit on the chair. Betony has upstairs seating, but I'm not sure whether there are regular tables upstairs. The banquette seating isn't too close. I couldn't hear any of my neighbors' conversations. The food and service at Betony are wonderful. Highly recommend the grilled short rib, the Foie gras torchon and the potato ravioli. Here are their photos. The wine list is excellent.

Dec 13, 2014
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List of places serving the best burgers in NYC

I've read that the burger in the Atera Lounge is excellent. I definitely need to try it.

Dec 12, 2014
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prix fixe lunches?

When is Seasonal closing?

Dec 12, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Best Chopped Liver, Gefiltre Fish and Matzoh Balls

I'm a big fan of the chopped liver and matzoh balls at Sarge's.

Dec 12, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan
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Shuko

Definitely planning to do the longer menu. It is always awkward to see others receiving off-menu items, which is one of the reasons I like both Momofuku Ko and EMP: except if there are allergies, everyone gets the same menu so no one feels slighted.

I have been dining almost monthly at Atera, and Chef Matt has been very kind by substituting a few of dishes for me so I don't have the same menu each time. On my last visit a woman leaned over to me and said "we're all wondering why you're getting a different menu than the rest of us". I looked at her and said "I have no idea". I didn't want to create some fake allergy. Somewhat awkward.

Dec 10, 2014
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Shuko

Just made my reservation. Grub Street posted a nice article with photos.

http://www.grubstreet.com/2014/12/shu...

Dec 10, 2014
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Shuko

Excellent report. Thinking about trying Shuko especially since unlike Nakazawa, I can sit solo at the sushi bar (I hope).

Dec 10, 2014
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Celebrating my husband's 60th Birthday

You should call Bouley. Maybe either the main room or the downstairs Red Room would work.

Dec 09, 2014
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Sister treating birthday dinner

Good to know, thanks!

Dec 05, 2014
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NYE Midtown - Need Recommendations for Speciic Area and Price

I was going to recommend Betony, but since you've been there, have you considered Momofuku Ma Peche on W. 56 Street? Highly recommend both the short rib and the habanero fried chicken.

Dec 05, 2014
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Restaurant with Birthday Party Room for 30?

Yes, Bouley definitely rents out the entire Red Room; I attended a business dinner with about 40 people 2 years ago. Best business dinner I ever attended!

Dec 04, 2014
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Restaurant with Birthday Party Room for 30?

If you want a gorgeous room with superb food and price isn't an issue, I highly recommend the downstairs red room at Bouley. I attended a dinner two years ago, and it was spectacular.

Dec 03, 2014
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Sister treating birthday dinner

I'd take the 5:30 resy at The NoMad. If you want a more energetic vibe, ask to be seated in the Atrium. If you would prefer a quieter vibe, ask to be seated in the Parlour Room. I'm dining at The NoMad right before Christmas so I hope you post a report of your meal.

P.S. Happy Birthday!

Dec 03, 2014
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Sister treating birthday dinner

I didn't like Batard.

Dec 03, 2014
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Sister treating birthday dinner

Would you be interested in The NoMad?

Dec 03, 2014
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Momofuku Ko 2.0

Thanks very much for your kind words! I was somewhat apprehensive as to whether I would love new Ko as much as my "home" on First Ave. (Ko's home for the past 6+ years), but I think I love it more! The space is stunning, the service is terrific, and Ko now has one of the finest wine lists in NYC (with a great selection of the German Rieslings that I love so much). The extraordinary food remains Ko's "crown jewel". I hope the restaurant critics and Michelin award Ko their highest rankings.

Dec 02, 2014
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Betony this Thursday

Sounds great! Definitely on my "must try" list for 2015!

Dec 02, 2014
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Betony this Thursday

As a backup plan to Betony, I'm a big fan of Momofuku Ma Peche located on W. 56 St. between 5th & 6th Aves. (around the corner from Betony). If table seating isn't available, they have counter seating at which I've been seated, and it is quite comfortable. Ma Peche has a number of dishes served dim-sum style. In addition, I adore the short rib at Ma Peche that is waiter-served (as good as the short rib at Betony).

Dec 02, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Substitute for Per Se birthday dinner

I love Atera, but even I don't consider it "quiet" as per the OP's request.

Dec 02, 2014
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Betony this Thursday

Sounds like a great plan! Betony also has a delicious Italian hot chocolate for dessert (very thick and rich); I order it most of the time.

Dec 01, 2014
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Gordon Ramsay Steak

I had a terrific dinner at Gordon Ramsay Steak two weeks ago. Service and food were excellent! Loved the Foie gras, the American rib cap, and the sticky toffee pudding. I was originally planning to try Yusho, but was so happy I switched my plans to Gordon Ramsay Steak instead.

Betony this Thursday

In addition to the short rib, highly recommend the Foie gras bonbons and the potato ravioli with trout roe. I'm dining at Betony on Friday evening, and am thinking about the pork chop.

Dec 01, 2014
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Substitute for Per Se birthday dinner

Of course EMP is the best (I prefer EMP to Per Se); I can't believe I forgot to recommend Bouley.

Dec 01, 2014
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Momofuku Ko 2.0

CORRECTION: the Ko reservation system still takes reservations only 10 days in advance (the language on the website has been corrected).

Dec 01, 2014
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Substitute for Per Se birthday dinner

Highly recommend Betony, The NoMad (parlour room), Jungsik and Picholine. They're all among my favorite restaurants.

Dec 01, 2014
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Best Dishes 2014

Here's a photo

Dec 01, 2014
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Best Dishes 2014

Momofuku Ko (2.0): lobster, sweet potato, fried ginger, lobster sauce

Dec 01, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan
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Trip Report: Four Fantastic Dinners!

No problem.

Dec 01, 2014
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Momofuku Ko 2.0

Ko now accepts reservations for parties of 3. (Used to be for only parties of 1, 2, and 4).

Nov 30, 2014
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