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Daniel for New Years Eve??

Misslis | Nov 24, 201102:40 PM

Hi Chowhounders,

We're in New York for Christmas and New Years again this year, and whilst christmas is sorted I'm grappling with what to do about New Years Eve.

In 2009 for New Years Eve five of us went to WD-50 and that was a really great night (thanks to Chowhound for that recommendation and sorry for not posting about it). This time around though there are only two of us going out for NYE. We were going to go to Daniel anyway during our trip (one of our favourite restaurants) and we thought it would be nice to do New Years Eve there. However, it is going to be around $600 each plus wine (and I assume plus tip plus whatever else), and I don't know whether it is worth it. I don't doubt that the food would be excellent, generally though I've found that New Years Eve is typically a let down and for that much money there is a lot riding on it! Or if we should find somewhere else a bit cheaper and go to Daniel on another night.

I've been thinking about this for almost two months and just can't decide! So anyone been to Daniel for New Years Eve?? Thoughts?

I see on Open Table that Ai Fiori, Aureole, L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon all have NYE menus, and I know that Empellon is also doing NYE so there is no shortage of other options.

And in terms of who we are and what we want - we're husband and wife, early 30's professionals, who obviously like to eat and drink. And for NYE we're just looking for a lovely evening out (if there's dancing or live music thats a plus), we're not interested in night clubs. We're staying near Koreatown but have been to New York many times before so getting around is not a problem.

Thanks in advance for your time.

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