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Valentine's Day Birthday--San Domenico, Lever House, Ada, Amma?

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Valentine's Day Birthday--San Domenico, Lever House, Ada, Amma?

Denis | Feb 9, 2006 03:20 PM

I know these restaurants have nothing to do with each other--they just happen to be the places that still have space on Valentine's Day at reasonable times according to OpenTable, and that appealed to me in varying degrees. The deal is that my wife and I are taking our very dear friend, whose husband is out of the country, out for her birthday, which is also Valentine's Day. It's a milestone birthday. We want it to have some degree of specialness, atmosphere-wise, and of course would like the food to be good.

I'd initially reserved at Ada on OpenTable because I'd never tried it and it sounded appealing to me at the time, and because I was relieved to find a place with a good Zagat's rating that had space. But then I read a citysearch review that made the room sound sterile and the food sound deadened. Why have deadened Indian food, I found myself asking myself? Also, the birthday girl's half Indian and I'm afraid she may feel that fancified Indian restaurant food is just stupid.

I know San Domenico's ridiculously pricey, but I've always wanted to try it, and in this case we're not worrying about price. I have some fear that it might seem dead and old, but the fancy service I'd expect there would, I hope, prevent that. And I imagine we'll mostly be focused on each other and the meal.

Lever House I've been to and had a good time at. I know people on this board have knocked the food, but I actually thought much of it was very good. Not that one couldn't do better--but still, I came away feeling the general dissing of the place wasn't justified. Plus the environment's definitely fun.

Any advice on this would be welcome. Sorry to be asking for help without posting with reports for a while, but I will remedy that very soon--I have a backlog of meals that I just haven't had time to post about, but I will.

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