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40th birthday dinner in October

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40th birthday dinner in October

JToronto | Aug 8, 2006 05:04 PM

My husband is turning 40 in Oct & we'll be in NYC for 2 days to celebrate. Please suggest dinner spots with combo of great food & great ambience (at least OK service) anywhere in Manhattan or Brooklyn. Looking for truly unique "destination" spots. Prior NCY faves have been Gramercy Tavern & The Modern; we liked Lupa, Artisanal and Fleur de Sel; we found Cafe Boulud a bit of a yawn (food was excellent, just not interesting). He is a major wine fancier so a place with a great wine list and/or pairings would be a bonus (but not at the expense of a less than superb kitchen). We probably won't splurge for J-G or Per Se but otherwise price is not an issue. Ethnic is great, but only if the room/experience lives up to an important celebration. Really appreciate your thoughts as I am not "up to date" with the current dining scene

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