Picholine, Tabla or Verbena for a 40 Birthday dinner
I have been to V & P but not T yet.
I thought V was very cool and the food is a little more
adventurous than P.
The setting is VERY lowkey with the service a little
too laid back.
P is a little more mainstream and the portions might be
a little heartier.
Tabla is getting nothing but good press ( from what
I've seen ) so if it's available and you can get in why
not try the newcomer.
I have a lot of faith in Danny Meyer.