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Need help choosing casual elegant B-day restaurant

perstephanie | Jan 23, 200807:22 PM

I need help choosing a birthday restaurant for my boyfriend! I have weekend dinner reservations for two at The Tasting Room, Cafe Boulud, and Blue Hill.

-We both love food and eating out but rarely have a chance to go to restaurants of this caliber, so I want to avoid an overly stuffy or snobby atmosphere (although I would like it to be somewhat romantic!).
-I am a vegetarian, he is not. Veggie-friendliness would be a plus, but needn't be the focus (since it's his birthday, not mine!).
-Can we keep it under $200? (we're not big drinkers, we'd probably just get a glass of wine each)
-I like the veggie options at Boulud but am not sure we will fit in with the UES clientele (being outer-borough dwellers in our mid-20s). I'm also wondering whether the Tasting Room will feel quite special enough.

Any comments would be greatly appreciated! Is there somewhere else I should be considering?

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