My girlfriend (an ovo-lacto vegetarian; unfortunately, no fish!) is having a birthday this coming weekend and I'm trying to find a place to take her to celebrate. We've pretty much had our fill with all the usual veggie friendly places and so I'm looking for something a little more special. (Despite her menu limitations, she's actually quite the foodie!) I've noticed that some of Manhattan's better restaurants often have veg tasting menus prepared by the chef -- can anyone vouch for any of these in particular? Or any other places where the chef will make an effort for a vegetarian, and not just send out another tasteless plate of grilled asparagus and call it an entree?