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Help us plan our First Anniversary Saturday!

patash | Nov 4, 201312:51 PM

In mid February we'll be celebrating our first anniversary (we were married in NYC last February -- before we were allowed to in New Jersey).

We have booked tickets at The Met for Die Fliedermaus for the matinee on Saturday, but were a little surprised that it starts at 12:30 and is over about 4, so that kind of messes up our plans for a nice lunch then a great dinner afterwards. We'll be wearing suits and wanted to spend the whole day "dressy". I was thinking Picholine for dinner (our favorite color is purple, no less!). We could still go with that, but we'd have quite a bit of time to kill between the opera and dinner -- drinks at the rooftop of the Empire? Another idea?
And we had thought maybe doing dim sum or Chinese at Shun Lee West before, but that's out as we need to be at the Met by noon, and like most places it doesn't open till 11 or 11:30. Most brunches have the same time issue. So where would we do a nice "upscale" breakfast around 10:30 or so where we won't feel overdressed in suits?

On Sunday, which is our actual anniversary we've not made plans yet, but are thinking Gramercy Tavern for dinner. Maybe One of By Land for brunch (yea, I know the food's not wonderful, but the atmosphere is and it seems brunch would be a good time to use our gift certificate we have for there). We like "romantic" and "quiet" restaurants. Not too much into the places that are much over $100 per person fix price. Our private wedding dinner was at Le Bernardin, and we've loved Le Grenouile, but both were a little "crowded" surprisingly, rather than "romantic" -- just the luck of the draw with the table we were given. What's really quiet and romantic that still has really good food and will be less than $300 or $400 for two with a nice bottle of wine? Should we stick with Gramercy Tavern or how about something like Le Perigord? Other ideas? We have varied tastes and love good food, but to be perfectly blunt a tablespoon of anything with a drizzle of exotic foam for $45 leaves us pretty cold.

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