First, a big thank you for the last two recommendations the CHOWhounders have given me directly (Eleven Madison Park and Picholine - yum) and the many many recommendations I pick up when I'm lurking.
Now, for another question:
Birthday dinner (mine) on the UWS (choice of location is my friend's who is treating me). We're looking for someplace "nice," clean flavors, interesting cuisine. I've done so much researching, and can't really come up with anything. We've done the Jean Georges-ish restaurants (and candidly, though my friend would likely pay if I really, really wanted it, Masa-like prices are a no.)
I can't believe that there aren't more Picholine-like restaurants in this 30 block radius - though that is likely because of my ignorance (I haven't been getting out much at all).
Any thoughts would be interested. All I'm coming up with is Telepan, I personally would be interested is Gari, but I'm not sure if she'd go for that, though I may suggest it, based on comments here.
Thank you so much in advance, as always.