Celebrating my Husbands 50th in New York City....suggestions???
Replies: 23 - Last Post: Apr 17, 2013 6:38 AM Last Post By: ianw6705
Feb 25, 2013 5:32 PM
Celebrating my Husbands 50th in New York City....suggestions???Hi, we (husband 15 year old son and myself) will be in New York City for my Husbands 5oth Birthday in August, This is our 1st stop in our 4 1/2 week holiday to the US from Australia. We like more relaxed dining, not somewhere where you have to wear a suit and tie but somewhere fun, nice maybe a view....overall a memorable experience for my beloved. So I am after suggestions please
Thanks in advance
Feb 25, 2013 6:28 PM
Feb 25, 2013 6:56 PM
2There aren't a lot of places where you are expected to wear a suit. I can't think of any, actually. Even the most expensive restaurants don't require this, though you won't feel comfortable looking like a complete slob there. But a nice top and jeans are still fine.
Either way, I would recommend The River Cafe. It has one of the best views of the city. You can also check out other options here: http://blog.zagat.com/2012/08/restaurants-with-view-16-best-vistas-in.html
Feb 25, 2013 9:15 PM
3Well, how much do you want to spend? You can get a view either by going downtown (the Wall Street/ Ground Zero area -- although that's not where the nightlife is) or by being in a tall building.
Asiate is very nice -- MAKE RESERVATIONS -- in the Mandarin Hotel has a nice view and great service and nice food.
Many consider Per Se the best restaurant in NYC right now -- but you'll spend around $300 per person, so I haven't been myself, but discerning folks I know say it's the world's best restaurant. It's in the Time Warner building. MAKE RESERVATIONS.
There are sooooo many outstanding places to eat -- it sort of depends on how much you want to spend and what neighborhood you want to be in. The Zagat's guide will help. They have an online option.
In New York City, for the best restaurants, you sometimes have to make reservations weeks in advance, especially if you want to eat on a Friday or Saturday evening.
from a native New Yorker :-)
Feb 26, 2013 12:17 AM
4Umm, I'm kind of a redneck, but i like shows and steak while in NYC.
I could recommend a half dozen places in NYC but all of them are for "eaters" rather than "foodies." I've always thought of it as a place where . . . if you know the right dinner . . . you could get a better meal at the "Marquez Sanchez dinner and awning company" than you could at the expensive place named after a french chef.
But hey I don't actually live there, I live outside of NYC.
Google or Bing some terms like Guy Fieri and NYC and hope you don't find some website trying to sell you over-priced knives.
Taking your husband to NYC for his 50th? WIN!!!!!
I guess I'm done here. (wink)
Feb 26, 2013 9:42 AM
Feb 26, 2013 1:37 PM
6Get A Car and drive out to the Frisky Oyster in Greenport.
Feb 27, 2013 2:28 AM
7... discerning folks I know say it's the world's best restaurant.
They've tried every restaurant in the world then, have they? Pretty silly thing to say (not you - them).
OP - my sister-in-law and her husband (from Melbourne) went here to The View in the Marriott Marquis - where they said the view was sensational and the buffet fine and not overly expensive. I'm not usually a fan of eateries that revolve, are on or over water, or have a show of some sort attached ... but they liked it.
Feb 27, 2013 6:34 AM
8I've actually been to the Marriott Marquis (snicker, for me that is kind of like bragging). I don't know that it has the finest restaurant in the world or anything. I wouldn't be a good judge of that.
But I do recall that most buffets are about quantity over quality and food is "held" for a while By the time it reaches your plate it is usually overcooked, but at the Marquis, the food was gently cooked and therefore retained its flavor when you ate it.
They also had some braver stick-to-your-ribs stuff. (Like mac-and cheese with ham. Pork and beans that actually had pork in it.)
I'm much more of a "taco fries" guy, or a veggies so fresh from the garden you can still taste the garden, or cheaply-cooked seafood so fresh you can still taste the saltwater, and not a fancy food guy . . . . . , so I don't know if my op-ed would mean much to a real foodie, but yeah I remember the Marquis as being a place where you can taste the carrots.
NY prices for sure, but it rocked.
Feb 27, 2013 6:48 AM
9Don't get me wrong. I'm not claiming to be a foodie and if any chef comes on here and says "the marquis sucks," then the marquis sucks. The chef would be right, and I would be wrong. I like fresh-glazed donuts, animals I shot myself or hooked myself, and fresh meat off the halal cart.
But I actually enjoyed my dining experience at the Marquis. That was decades ago, things may have changed, but I usually make fun of "fancy pants" NYC dining.
I'm kind of a redneck, more likely to eat off my sister's side board or catch my ow dinner than eat at "votre quois," but as buffets go, it was just plain good food. The only things I'll make fun of about that place is their lack of parking and their NY prices. Maybe it's changed.
Feb 28, 2013 2:19 AM
10Thanks all the ever cafe looks just what we are after but it is closed, would anyone know what the chances of it being open by August would be?? The other places looked lovely but a bit to fancy for us, we are just down to earth Aussies looking to celebrate a milestone birthday in a fun way....and I guess just being in NYC might be a bis enough treat for us :)
Feb 28, 2013 4:42 AM
11One small piece of friendly advice ... there is nothing wrong with being a down-to-earth Aussie - and you are almost certainly as sophisticated as any New Yorker - they are just sh*t-kickers too (although sometimes they have more expensive sh*t to kick).
I mentioned this thread to my SIL and her husband at dinner tonight ... and they reinforced the fact that the revolving restaurant at the top of the Marriott was really good for the views and the ambiance ... and you could not meet any more down-to-earth Aussies than my in-laws. Just one recommendation - and not expensive at all.
Feb 28, 2013 5:42 AM
12Having trouble posting. I hope this doesn't "double."
alright still having trouble, I'm gonna break it into parts and see what works.
I'm so down to earth people (including me) make fun of me for it. If i were heading to NYC for my 50th I'd want to take in a show, probably Phantom, because you and I are the only people on the planet who haven't seen it yet) and head to Guy (Fieri's) American Kitchen and bar.
He's a celebrity chef so his prices are a little over the NY norm for the food he serves, but he specializes in comfort foods and plain old stick-to-your ribs food like meatloaf, bacon-wrapped shrimp or bacon-wrapped scallops, chili and french fries with spicy Buffalo sauce. You can get an entree there for around $25.00.
Nearby the theater district is a place called Gazala's it's Arab/Meditteranean food. (Stuffed grape leaves, Tahini, Humus, etc.). I haven't been there but the reputation is that it the food is top shelf and homemade, but they keep the prices down by skimping on atmosphere and location.
Feb 28, 2013 8:21 AM
Feb 28, 2013 8:28 AM
14I steer clear of revolving restaraunts and buffets, especially in NYC, there is so much more than dealing with that tourist crap...but thats me...would rather eat in a diner in Brooklyn...
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