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Annual foodie trip - except we need to economize, pls help!

danna | Nov 17, 2004 03:05 PM

This year my husband has refused to be jostled on the street and stranded at the airport...and so does not want to go to NYC at Christmastime. So I'm taking a girlfriend instead.

She's a great cook, relatively adventurous eater, on her first trip to NYC (I think). She also just quit her job to take a PhD, and so I don't want to drag her to Daniel, Jean George, etc.(If I could get in, anyway)

Some of the other restaurants I'm considering are listed below. I don't have a concept of which ones are reasonably priced and which ones aren't:

Bar Tonno
Cru
Eleven Madison Park
Jacks Luxury oyster Bar
Cafe Gray
Asiate
Anissa

Other suggestions happily accepted. I like tasting menus, wine pairings. Do not like "comfort food", steak. I think my friend would like a vibrant room w/ a little bit of a scene. Food must be primary, though. Although staying uptown, I don't really care where we travel.

I already have a res at Babbo, so I am stretching the "economical" rule already. I have eaten at Babbo twice and loved it. SHould I try Lupa instead? Is it significantly less expensive? I read mixed reviews.

We probably will just graze at lunch, so I need 2 dinner suggestions (Babbo(?) +2 )

Also, any great places for two ladies to have drinks near-ish the Michaelangelo after dinner?

Many thanks for indulging this rambling question.

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