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Buddakan vs. Morimoto Birthday Dinner

gingerjones | Feb 16, 2008 06:54 PM

I have reservations for both for my birthday (on an upcoming Saturday night) and I am stuck as to which I should choose. I'm a college student as is my boyfriend who will be coming with me. I am willing to pay up to $200 for dinner including drinks, tax, and tip for the both of us (cultural tradition that the birthday person covers dinner, and I would rather order what I want without feeling bad about the bill he is paying).

What do you think would be a better choice? We are both very Chowhound-y types and have been to many great restaurants in New York and abroad. I want something special but not too stuffily romantic. I want good service that will make our experience special as well, with great food.

I've thought about the Omakase at Morimoto but I think it's too extravagant for this occasion (just dating for barely two months by that point) and should be saved for a more special event in the future. Help?

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