Where does an oyster-obsessed foodie dine on her birthday? That is the question that had been eating at me for over a month. Yes, a month, because a month is the required time it takes to secure that hard to get dinner reservation in New York City. May 2nd, after some research, the plans were set.

A place barely visible on the New York City foodie map, it was an anxiety inducing, risky choice. Not a mention on Eater, a minimal acknowledgment on NYMag, a google search with random results, and no oysters on the menu, it would either be a pleasant surprise or a highly disappointing one. Turns out, I discovered the true meaning of a hidden gem. And sorry guys, I plan to keep it that way.

Of course, the birthday dining extravaganza had to begin with some oysters. So after a dozen beauties at The John Dory Oyster bar, a carafe of their Sauvignon Blanc on tap, we were off to the birthday celebration at my choice off the beaten path.

The seating could not have been better.  Each table is intimate, while still inclusive of the restaurant’s surroundings. For someone picky with seating, there was not a bad option in the house.  The menu offers dining a la carte or the Chef’s four course tasting menu for $48, a bargain these days for an upscale restaurant. With a palate tickler amuse bouche to start, and a decadent dessert to complete the meal, it is the best deal in town.

We were so impressed with the food, that the decision was made to keep this hidden gem, just that…hidden. But here are a few hints for you. Its Italian food with a Japanese influence, and its absolutely mind blowing delicious with portions that I have yet to come across at a restaurant of this caliber. Our four courses included an incredibly fresh fluke carpaccio, spaghetti with seafood, sautéed lobster, grilled steak, and in house made tiramisu. I’ve already said too much. But I do wish you the best of luck finding it…because disappointment at this restaurant is simply not an option.

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