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lrimmer Nov 12th, 2009 11:57 PM

Amsterdam: Gourmet New Years Eve restaurant '09
I am in Amsterdam on New Years Eve with my girlfriend. I see one other topic asking for NYE '09 restaurant suggestions for Amsterdam, but unlike the other poster, I don't mind paying $500+ for two people. Only requirement other than exceptional food is, that they're not already fully booked for NYE '09.

I am aware of the city's Michelin-starred restaurants and rising stars, but the NYE-information on the different websites is pretty scarce.

Right now, I have Vinkeles at the Dylan marked down, but I am still open to suggestions.

Thank you.

Jay_G Nov 13th, 2009 06:06 AM

You've said that you've done your your research, but just in case you missed it, the best meal I've had in Amsterdam is at Ciel Bleu in the Okura hotel in the south of the city (exact address escapes me, but a quick Google search will sort that out).

Really good food (I think they have two michelin stars but imagine you'll still see change from your $500+ budget), the atmosphere can bit hit and miss, but think on New Year's Eve, it should be quite lively.

There aren't too many 'high end' restaurants in Amsterdam so if you can get a booking at any you think look good, I'd suggest grabbing a table whilst you can.

Have fun!

vakantie Nov 13th, 2009 07:11 AM

I've only had dinner at Vinkeles once. While I loved the location and atmoshpere, I was very underwhelmed by the food, It just wasn't very good. We were with a very big group (it was for a work thing) so that may have been the reason, I'm not sure. A la carte dining might be a different experience ...

I'm not sure what kind of atmoshpere you are looking for but I personally love Blauw aan de wal, an upscale restaurant tucked away in an alley in the red light district. It has a 'quiet' laid back atmosphere with a chic but simple interior and excellent food. Dinner with everything and a few glasses of wine will set you back around 200 euro. If you order some more special wines your bill will increase quickly.

Another favorite of mine is Segugio with excellent Italian food. Same atmosphere and price category as Blauw aan de wal.

Do you want to be in Amsterdam itself? You could easily cab it out to adjacent Ouderkerk aan de Amstel to Ron Blaauw. A 2 michelin star restaurant. Great food and place.

In Ouderkerk there's also Lute which I personally also really like. Good food and very cool looking restaurant.

They have some very nive looking suites to stay at as well if you don't want to return to Amsterdam after dinner. I haven't stayed there myself; only got a peek during a wedding since the married couple were going to spent their wedding night there. It looked wonderful!

Some of the websites I linked to unfortunately are in Dutch, but it might give you an impression and the contact details. I have no clue if any of these places are booked or even open on new years eve.

hetismij Nov 13th, 2009 09:16 AM

La Rive is the highest listed restaurant in Amsterdam in a recent list which is published annually. It is at number 8 in the list. I have never eaten there so can't really comment on it, is sounds a slightly old fashioned type of restaurant with good food, wine and service. It is on the Amstel.

Restaurant Vermeer is at 16 on the list. It is in the Barbizon hotel.

Ciel Bleu, on the 23rd floor of the Okura is also high on the list at 19. It is in Nieuw Zuid so a bit out of the centre, but you can get there easily by tram.

vakantie Nov 24th, 2009 01:09 AM

Have you decided what you are going to do yet?

Vinkeles just got rewarded a Michelin star so I may very well have missed something while I was there ...

I'm curious to see if any of the suggestions you got were helpful!

dutchgrub Nov 30th, 2009 04:38 AM

You might also want to look into "Le Restaurant":

Like Vinkeles, they received their first Michelin star in November:

Most Amsterdam Michelin stars are either hotel restaurants or on the outside of town. Le Restaurant is the exception. It's small and intimate, table d'hôtes style, and right in the middle of Bohemian neighborhood De Pijp.

Sorry, also no info on their site about NYE '09. Restaurants in the Netherlands rely much less on their web sites for promotion in general, so you're unlikely to find this kind of information.

crazy4food Jan 4th, 2010 12:01 PM

I finally got a reservation at Le Restaurant. Will dine there in a couple of weeks!!! On a Wednesday evening! I'll let you know what my dinner was like.

crazy4food Mar 20th, 2010 07:19 AM

Very 'gezellig' (Dutch for 'cosy') setting. The menu is not very extensive, some appetizers, a starter, main, cheese, dessert, which could be a good thing. If you are not sure about your wine choice, just say yes to what they recommend. I had this combo starter with haddock, oysters, crab and other goodies. Main was a chicken which can't go wrong in an establishment like this. Le Grand Dessert is a combo of 3 dishes, and is complemented with some 'mignardises'. A very good espresso. Overall a very good gourmet experience!

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