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Dinner 1 = Le Bernardin, Dinner 2?, Where should I go?

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Dinner 1 = Le Bernardin, Dinner 2?, Where should I go?

tjaehnigen | Jan 25, 2005 05:02 PM

I am attending an expo in NYC next month and my wife is tagging along so we can eat well. We're heading to Le Bernardin for the main event. What I am looking for is another place to dine for the 2nd night (a Sunday). It does not need to be Daniel, or Per Se or similarly expensive and/or formal place. I'm looking for not formal actually, but not super casual necessarily either. I'd prefer it to be in Manhattan, as that is where the hotel is (Marriott Marquis). I'd prefer to keep it to $300 or less for the two of us walking out the door and we'll be drinking some wine. If I can BYOW that is bonus (what is typical corkage in NYC these days, $25?) as I have a not too shabby but small cellar.

We've kicked around a few ideas, but I'd really like to get some ideas from you all for places to try. Another night of seafood is not out of the question either. We both love it, although my wife loves it more than I do. Ideally, I'd like to try someplace new to me, which should be easy as we haven't hit too many places as we live in the DC Metro area (we've hit Babbo, db Bistro Moderne, Grammercy Tavern and Cafe Boulud and I have hit Veritas for a business dinner without my wife) -- but db Bistro Moderne is also calling my name (we had a great meal there 2-3 years ago).

So here are some of the initial ideas--

All of the Mario places-- Esca, Otto & Lupa
Kitchen 22
WD-50
I'd love to try Craft, but I am guessing it is out of my self-imposed price range

I'm dying to get some feedback from those of you who are very up on the current NYC dining scene. All suggestions are appreciated!

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