I hope these parameters help: I would like to have a nice dinner with my husband for my birthday, sans the two kids who have monopolized our lives for the past 7 years. Cost is of some concern -- we can't really afford Per Se -- but I would love a special meal out and at a place that I have not been to before. We have been to Daniel, Babbo, Lupa, Nobu, Gramercy Tavern, Union Square Cafe, Ouest, 'Cesca... Oh, my birthday is in two weeks so a place that doesn't need a month's notice would be helpful too. Location doesn't matter too much, nor does cuisine. We are adventurous.