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Birthday girl is turning 40 this month — and I need help!!!

Dugange | Feb 9, 201504:04 AM

Hello, all.

I recently posted a plea for help (aka info) on two Manhattan restaurants: Blue Hill & Beauty and Essex. I was asking peoples' advice and recos on other places.

My wife is a total foodie. She's done a great job for us as a family — making sure we eat healthy, including going vegetarian about 8 years ago. My kids are four and they've never eaten meat (although I reserve the right for them to one day eat a hot dog at Yankee Stadium with their old man ... joy).

For her 40th, I'd love to do something around food. A gastronomic memory, if you will. Her bday is the 23rd of February and, thanks to a terrible work-life balance, I've yet to make plans. I've inquired about things, but haven't pulled the trigger on anything yet. I'm thinking a dinner party with our favorite people, hence Blue Hill and/or Beauty & Essex.

In my request to the group last night, I asked for other ideas and got back a bunch of great advice. To all who replied, thank you.

But I'd love to hear more.

Any ideas for great foodie places in Manhattan? Would love farm to table. Would love it to be a place where vegetarians and meat-lovers can co-exist. Would love it to serve excellent wine. Not organic juice. Wine. Delicious, make you go "yum" kind of wine. And ... I would love it to be a place that makes her go, "What the what!?!" Yeah, that kind of place.

Also, any great foodie vacations? I'm thinking we'll do dinner on the weekend before her birthday and, during dinner, I'll present her with a weekendend getaway to a great foodie experience (it'll have to be in March or April — thank you, terrible work-life balance).

I'm thinking dinner will be in NYC. There will be 6 to 12 people attending. As for the foodie getaway, it'll be just my wife and I (and our two kids).

Thanks in advance,

Btw, here's the list of restaurants I received from the group last night (not familiar with many of them, so I'm open to hear thoughts as well):

Eleven Madison Park
The Modern (dining room).
Mas farmhouse
Gramercy tavern
Dirty French

Blue Hill,
Blue Hill At Stone Barns,
Beauty & Essex,
The Modern,
Dirty French
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