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Lunch Recommendations for Birthday Celebration on Valentine's Day

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Lunch Recommendations for Birthday Celebration on Valentine's Day

afrosamurai | Feb 7, 2012 03:08 PM

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

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