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EMP Alternative/Reservation Help


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EMP Alternative/Reservation Help

downtownchica | | Nov 30, 2012 09:45 AM

All my bf wants for the holidays is dinner at EMP or Le Bernadin. I'm a vegetarian (not vegan), so Le Bernadin just looks like a total waste to me, and he wouldn't enjoy a meal where my only option was salad and bland veggies.

I've tried getting EMP reservations for the weekend of the December 22-23 and 28 (29 become available tomorrow), and have failed repeatedly. Today, after dialing at 9 AM and waiting 30+ minutes on hold, I had to give up and go to a meeting.

Going to try for the 29 tomorrow. Two questions:

1. Can you make reservations for EMP in person? At this point I'd be happy to get on the subway and be waiting there at 8:55 AM.

2. If I fail, which of these do you think is the best alternative: Toqueville, Gramercy Tavern tasting menu (only eaten in the Tavern previously), or The NoMad? Would also consider Jungsik if someone could confirm they'll make vegetarian accommodations, but the menu doesn't look to veggie friendly.

He's big on fish and really likes creative cocktails, which would make me pick The NoMad, except I'm worried its not special enough (kinda looks like ABC Kitchen, which I love, but not exactly what I'm looking for).

All input appreciated.

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