Fine Dining for Special Occasions

There is a movie trailer out with Amy Adams; she is shown sitting on a bed in a hotel, sweetly asking her husband what he had in mind for dinner.  He casually replies that it doesn’t matter, whatever she would like.  The look of hurt on her face is unmistakable.  Quickly she exits the hotel room where it hits him like a ton of bricks that it is their wedding anniversary and he just blew it!

Anniversaries, birthdays, graduations, promotions, or just special evenings always call for fine dining.  Fine dining seems to define a special occasion.  McDonalds certainly doesn’t qualify as appropriate to celebrate a momentous occasion.

There is something about clinking glasses, quiet conversation, soft music, dim lighting, fresh flowers that all adds to the taste of the food.  For Midtown Manhattan restaurants there is options for every kind of fine dining.  Seafood and steaks seem to be the order of the day.

Why not start the meal with warm autumn squash-pumpkin soup, served up with Brussels sprouts and pomegranate, or sweet potato-mascarpone ravioli garnished with beurre noisette, sage, and hazelnuts.  A farmers’ market beet salad with Greek yogurt, granola and lemon zest always hits the shot as does sashimi of kona kampachi with pickled jalapeno, bell peppers, salmon roe served with yuzo vinaigrette.

Moving on to the main event what can beat Maine lobster surrounded by gnocchi, Brussels sprouts, with and Americaine sauce?  Olive oil-poached Atlantic halibut, radish, honshimeji and parsely sauce just makes your mouth water thinking about it.  If seafood isn’t your style you might want to try free-range chicken with butternut squash, kale and tarragon jus or pork chops with carrots, polenta, endive and pommery mustard just.  Steak? Lamb? Duck? Salmon?  The options are endless and so is the ambiance and choices of places to dine.

Do it up right, visit a Midtown Manhattan restaurant to say you really care, that you have put time and effort into this event and that you are hoping for many more such anniversaries, birthdays or special events together.

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