Special Occasion Restaurant suggestions - NYC

I'm in NYC for the week and my best friends from high school are in town as well. We wanted to go to a good restaurant since we havent seen each other in forever. Doesn't have to be super fancy, we just want it to be memorable and a good time. We'd happily spend around $200-$300 a person too if it seemed worth it.
Thanks for any recommendations!

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Isaiah_53_5 πŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’Ž, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Jean GeorgesΒ 

1 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

https://www.jean-georgesrestaurant.com/content/pdfs/jean-georges-dinner2.pdf

I took a date here a few years ago and it was good. You have to wear a jacket though.Β 

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Isaiah_53_5 πŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’Ž, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Angus Macgyver

You must have been there more than a "few" years ago, and/or be teetotal, if you paid under $300 a head for it.

Last time I went there it was >$500 per, all told.

Yeah it is expensive. I was there a long time ago in 2011 with a date, it was $800. I think we got wine pairings or something in addition to the prix fixe menu. If it is a special occasion, it might be nice - even just to spend a little more. I thought it was a memorable culinary experience. It was 3 Michelin stars at the time.Β 

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Isaiah_53_5 πŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’Ž, what's your opinion? Comment below:
PEarbitrage

Anything in paticular you want to get out of it?Β  Amazing culinary experience? Skyline views? Be seen? etc.

Which restaurant do you think has the coolest view in NYC?

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PEarbitrage, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Depends on what view you want.Β  If you want park views there are a bunch on the south end of the park.Β  If you want midtown views there are legit dozens of resturants.Β  If you want quaint street views then things inΒ greenwich village and SOHO.Β  If wall street views are your thing the resturant in 28 liberty is open again, it has east river/bay/hudson views as well as the Statue of Liberty.Β  I was just there a few weeks ago for a meeting.Β  Β  The thing is you need a more specific understanding of what you want as "view".Β 

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Mr Incredible, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Best view is the Rainbow Room, which is unfortunately closed to the general public indefinitely. Next best would be Peak at 30 Hudson Yards which had great views from the East, followed by One Dine (whose food isn't nearly as good as the other two).Β 

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Isaiah_53_5 πŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’Ž, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Simp4EBITDA

Aquavit, Le Grand Boucherie, Lobster Club, and Nobu are all great. Some more on the fancier side than others. Don't want anything too high key I'd imagine though.

Yeah I've heard good things about Nobu.

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Pierogi Equities, what's your opinion? Comment below:

There's one in DC but I haven't been there yet.

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DifferentKindaHigh, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Some of these spots I had to wake up at midnight 30 days in advance for reservations, but that was for prime date night days/hours - might be able to get lucky and snag a cancellation or do a day that's not as popular (e.g. midweek). Otherwise, there's a couple on this list that's less "extravagant" but still solid choices for food/ambience:

  • L'Artusi - really good Italian restaurant for creative, handmade pasta; hip and modern, and more of a flashy type spot (my personal favorite for Italian is I'Sodi right around the corner but that place seats like 15 people)
  • Boucherie West VillageΒ - French restaurant with great steak tartare, nice atmosphereΒ 
  • Olio e Piu - another really nice Italian spot, trendy similar to L'Artusi
  • Jeju Noodle Bar - modern, Korean inspired fusionΒ 
  • Atoboy - another Korean spot, more tapas style through so great for a 4-person group to try a bunch of dishes

All of those are in Manhattan, mainly West Village area. If you want to venture out to Williamsburg, there are two additional Italian spots that are solid - Misi and Lilia - run under the same chef, both quality, each do hand crafted pasta very well. Man do I miss living in the city haha, enjoy your guys' night and hope you find the right spot!

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jackwestjr, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Going to dissent. Went to L'Artusi last week and was incredibly underwhelmed. More style, less substance. Great if you're an influencer that likes to be seen, but not worth the hype imo.Β 

If you want to do something special, my recommendation goes out to Daniel (although it's probably going to run you more than $300/head). Expensive, but it's unilaterally one of the most loved restaurants amongst friends that appreciate fine dining.Β 

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Waymon3x6, what's your opinion? Comment below:

River Cafe under the Brooklyn Bridge.Β 

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Moritz Mickelweiß, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I've never been to New York, but I've heard very good things about The Grill, a high-class steakhouse that took over the spot of the Four Seasons (the restaurant with the power lunch crowd, not the hotel) in the Seagram Building a few years ago. I will say that it's extremely expensive, but reviews from Robb Report, which listed as No. 2 inΒ its list of the "10 Best New Restaurants in America" (June 2018) and others have suggested it's worth it. I don't have the time to look up reservation information, but I'm sure you or someone else can find it by looking on the Internet. I hope this helps your searches.

https://thegrillnewyork.com/

https://robbreport.com/food-drink/dining/robb-report-selects-10-best-new-restaurants-america-2018-2795895/

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Isaiah_53_5 πŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’Ž, what's your opinion? Comment below:
trying_my_best

I suggest Dorsia

hahaha I was waiting for thisΒ 

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ToeDrag, what's your opinion? Comment below:

4 Charles Prime Rib will always be my favorite restaurant in NYC. But as with a lot of these, good luck with a reservation...

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Finance Nerd, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I'd personally recommend Le Bernardin if you're into seafood or RezdΓ΄ra if you're looking for top notch (and well-priced for quality) Italian. Crown Shy is nice too– I've heard great things about their short rib.

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om2020, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Been to all, I don't think Crown Shy is to the level of the other two yet. I'd recommend estela in lieu of it.Β 

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Fugue, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Manhatta (amazing view)

Nobu

Sushi on me (omakase) - highly recommend. 5 seatings per day, ~12 patrons per sit, 1 hr each. was more than 10 courses (maybe more than 14?) of omakase with a new dram of sake between each. Patrons and cookstaff get drunk and eat pristine fish together, it was very unique. Go for last sitting, that's when they polish off what remains of the sake with the heavy pours

Le Bernadin

Jean Georges

Frenchette - duck frites is great

COTE (Upscale KBBQ)

Keens (Massive, massive pieces of dry aged beef)

11MP (they went vegan recently though, right?)

Minetta Tavern

Buddakan

Fogo de Chao (All you can eat brazilian steakhouse)

Hawksmoor (cool english steakhouse. Pricey but a cool experience and good beef)

Wolfgang's (Steakhouse, great for porterhouse)

Mr. Chow - Upscale white tablecloth Chinese

Shukette - Moroccan

La Boucherie

Avra (Greek/Mediterranean)

Estiatorio Milos (Greek/Mediterranean with seafood bent)

Rosa Mexicano

Peak (view is incredible)

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C.R.E. Shervin, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I'm going to give my go-to special occasion spot.Β  Nica Trattoria - a cozy spot on the UES that seats maybe no more than 40 people.Β  The owner chef is there every night and the menu is expansive including the specials.Β  Place has 5 star food, ambiance and the owner interacts just the right amount to make you feel special.Β  It is not cheap, but one of the best kept secrets in NYC.

Their truffle gnocchi is tremendous..Β 

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pressf9tofly, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Lots of good options in this thread, many of which are very well-known (nothing wrong with that). If you're looking for a place a little under the radar but still a culinary experience, I highly recommend Shabushabu Mayumon. Very cool, intimate restaurant (seats 6) with a tasting menu that is ~20 courses, most of which are washugyu or wagyu beef. Everything is absolutely delicious. Expect it to run $150-200 per head without drinks - well worth it if you're a fan of high quality meat.

Location is down in LES/Chinatown, FYI.

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Isaiah_53_5 πŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’Ž, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Fast and Fiduciary

I'm in NYC for the week and my best friends from high school are in town as well. We wanted to go to a good restaurant since we havent seen each other in forever. Doesn't have to be super fancy, we just want it to be memorable and a good time. We'd happily spend around $200-$300 a person too if it seemed worth it.
Thanks for any recommendations!

Keep us updated about where you go and how good it was! Really there are a lot of good places on this thread - should be a memorable experience.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Ozymandia, what's your opinion? Comment below:

If you can get in, Saga is on the 63rd floor of 70 Pine.Β  Unreal views of pretty much all of downtown Brooklyn and Manhattan

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Isaiah_53_5 πŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’Ž, what's your opinion? Comment below:
ConfusedGuru

For that amount of money these days in NYC, I recommend a happy meal at McDonald's or a slice of cheese pizzaΒ 

I heard there isn't any more $1 Pizza at 2 Bros

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"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Moritz Mickelweiß, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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