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One memorable meal - advice needed

GeeMo | May 8, 201210:18 PM

This weekend I am helping my older daughter move into an apartment for an internship in Manhattan for the summer. I promised my wife and daughter alike that my sole focus would be to focus on making this a successful move. They both knew I was lying, and that dinner on Saturday night will be a priority. I am from out of town but know a fair bit about the New York restaurant scene, so I want to pose a challenge to those of you who no doubt know a bunch more about it than me. My three most memorable meals in New York were: eating at Trattoria da Alfredo on Hudson Street, as a starving college student in the 1970's (my cousin, a dress designer, would take me); my wedding reception at the Box Tree in 1988 (the memorable dish was their dessert, a vacharin, that was made up to be our wedding cake); and taking my younger daughter to about 7 or 8 places in Chinatown, about ten years ago, where we rated the dumplings (Joe's Shanghai won, as I recall; New Green Bo was a close second). If you've stuck with me to this point my request is this: where should I take my older daughter to have a great New York meal, and memory? As you can see from the other experiences, I am not worried about a particular experience. In a city that sets the standard for great food, I'm curious what any of you might offer up as truly great. Thanks.

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