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Lunch Recommendations for Birthday Celebration on Valentine's Day

An update:

Del Posto definitely does not have any availability, but they said I could call Sunday to see if there are cancellations.

Bouley does enforce their jacket requirement for lunch, but I've decided we'll just bring a blazer with us to the city for the lunch. The boyfriend wears blazers pretty often anyway, so it'll be fine.

Any final thoughts on The Modern versus Bouley for a Valentine/birthday lunch experience? Thanks again!

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The Modern
9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

Bouley
163 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

Feb 08, 2012
afrosamurai in Manhattan

Lunch Recommendations for Birthday Celebration on Valentine's Day

Thanks, ellenost. I'll call Bouley to check when I'm calling Del Posto.

Feb 08, 2012
afrosamurai in Manhattan

Lunch Recommendations for Birthday Celebration on Valentine's Day

Thanks everyone who replied!

I will definitely call Del Posto tomorrow AM and see if there's any availability or if I can put my name on a waiting list. The Modern is my back up plan.

I really want to go to Bouley for lunch after re-reading the menu. I'm not sure that our planned activities earlier in the day lend themselves to a jacket required lunch though. (I know Del Posto has a smart kind of dress recommended, but no jacket required.) We will be dressed nicely, but I'm thinking my boyfriend would prefer a slightly more casual lunch feel. Ah well, I'll have to go myself sometime in the near future!

Feb 07, 2012
afrosamurai in Manhattan

Lunch Recommendations for Birthday Celebration on Valentine's Day

My boyfriend will celebrate his birthday a few days after Valentine's Day, but will be out of town. We're celebrating early on the 14th when we both are off work, just the two of us.

He's picking dinner, but I need to find a spot for a birthday lunch (hopefully with little V-Day cheesiness).

I'm very into food and dining experiences in general: he is not, but is starting to explore more and be more into where and what we eat. We had a great dinner at Blue Ribbon a little while ago, and we both enjoyed Aldea. I have been to Toqueville, Ippudo and Marea recently (loved the former, very much liked the latter two restaurants). Did not enjoy The Dutch.

I'm looking to spend max $70 pp (inflated to include The Modern's lunch menu, not including tax/tip/possible beverages). Any area of Manhattan will work, or an easily accessible area of Brooklyn by public transportation. Here are a few of my ideas so far. Any neighborhood gems I should look at?

Would appreciate any and all suggestions and general guidance! Thanks!

Bouley, River Cafe, The Modern, Little Owl, Jean Georges are the first five places with availability that caught my eye.

Del Posto (although they appear to have no availability on OpenTable)

Il Buco? Any David Chang establishment with a must-try lunch?

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Jean Georges
1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

Del Posto
85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

The Modern
9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

Little Owl
90 Bedford Street, New York, NY 10014

Il Buco
47 Bond St., New York, NY 10012

Ippudo
65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

Marea
240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

Aldea
31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

Bouley
163 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

Ippudo
321 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019

Feb 07, 2012
afrosamurai in Manhattan

4 Nights in Las Vegas - Friday Night Arrival Dinner Recommendation?

Thanks everyone for your replies! I'm here waiting on my sister: going to probably end up at Bradley Ogden or Mesa Grill tonight, and will go with uhockey's endorsement of Payard for lunch, plus MOzen on Sunday for brunch.

One monkey wrench in the machine: On Monday night, Sage is only having the lounge menu served! We were really enthused about their dinner menu, but the lounge menu isn't as appealing. Anyone have some last minute suggestions for a really good meal on Monday night?? This was earmarked as our splurge dinner night, so we would love to eat somewhere with outstanding food. I know Alex is closed on Mondays, any other suggestions?? Help greatly appreciated again!!

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Mesa Grill
3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Nov 19, 2010
afrosamurai in Las Vegas

4 Nights in Las Vegas - Friday Night Arrival Dinner Recommendation?

Hi all,

I am taking my sister to Las Vegas just before Thanksgiving for her 21st birthday. We arrive Friday evening, and leave on Tuesday morning. We've scouted the dining options a bit, and so far we are planning:

Lotus of Siam on Saturday night - haven't made a reservation, thinking around 8 or so.
Bouchon/MOzen Brunch on Sunday - not sure which to do, thoughts?
Firefly on Sunday night - probably going to see O at the Bellagio, and thinking to eat around 10:15 afterwards
Sage on Monday night - made a reservation already.

We aren't worried too much about lunch, there seem plenty of places that sound appealing to grab a bite that won't cost too much. However, we are undecided about where to eat dinner on Friday night after we arrive.

We're staying at Caesar's, so somewhere in close proximity to Caesar's would probably be best. We'd prefer to eat somewhere mid-range (closer on the scale to LoS or Firefly than to Sage). We felt a bit underwhelmed by some of the options at Caesar's: Mesa Grill has quite a few reviews of bland, uninspired food that's not worth the price, and Payard Patisserie's menu doesn't sound as appealing as say Mon Ami Gabi, where we plan on eating lunch at some point?

Anyone have any ideas they'd be willing to share?

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Mon Ami Gabi
3655 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Mesa Grill
3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Bellagio
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

Lotus of Siam
953 E Sahara Ave Ste A5, Las Vegas, NV 89104

Oct 29, 2010
afrosamurai in Las Vegas