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30th Birthday - EMP, Annisa, Acme, Dutch (or something else?)

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30th Birthday - EMP, Annisa, Acme, Dutch (or something else?)

firni | Feb 16, 2012 09:40 AM

Hi,

Celebrating a 30th birthday on March 4th with two close friends, would like to go out for a nice dinner. I'm wondering which of the listed options would make for a memorable meal. Overall, I like interesting, creative food (but not at the price of sheer tastiness - e.g. I liked WD-50 as an experience, but wouldn't necessarily want to have a birthday meal there), and smaller portions are not a bad thing - I tend to get full very quickly. Price is not an issue (and I can say that, I'm paying!). I would like it to be special, with good cocktails....but not TOO serious an environment (therefore not Per Se or Masa or something of the sort that feels solemn).

Here are my thoughts, but would love input from people who have eaten at these places recently (and am open to other suggestions).

EMP - I haven't been since after the menu change. I remember liking the food, and the room is very beautiful, but I'm a little thrown off by the menu format.

Annisa - have heard this is delicious, and I enjoy Asian-inflected food - c/o about the room size/noise.

Dutch - Love Locanda Verde and the food looks very delicious, particularly the desserts. My concerns would be about noise/casualness and the difficulty of getting a reservation.

Acme - A little new - the food sounds really interesting, but again, am concerned with availibility as it appears very popular.

Isa - Worth the trip?

(Corton and Le Bernadin, Del Posto, Babbo, Dovetail, Daniel, Boulud Sud I've been too, thus not on this list).

Thanks so much, and sorry for the vagueness of this...just trying to pinpoint the place.

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