I'VE BEEN A GOOD GIRL! Where should I cash in my reward?
A friend of mine is coming into town on Saturday to take me to dinner! He wants to go some where fancy, and told me to choose. I'd like to go to a nicer restaurant (any location in Manhattan, any style of food) that's not terribly expensive (a la Per Se or Masa.) I've recently been to Eleven Madison, which I love, and to Tabla, so they're out. Any suggestions? Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.
Hmmm, sounds fun. How about Grammercy Tavern or Jean Georges? Both are excellent. Or maybe Daniel?
Bouley?? L'Impero? Perry Street (and then enjoy the West Village pre/post dinner)? try opentable.com and search for Sat night on the higher price sort.
i second GT - you could sit in the loungey area up front. and even though it's not super popular on this board, i had a great time at daniel.
i'd also suggest babbo - i think they reserve some tables for walkins - and blue hill.
Looking at opentable for 2 for saturday night, you've got some good choices. For a reasonable dinner time you've got Cru, Danube, Devi, and Tocqueville and a bunch of other places. If you're willing to go early you've got some other choices including Le Bernardin and Aureole.
I can't say enough good things about Cru. Particularly the chef's tasting menu. I think it's a little less expensive than Le Bernardin (which is also quite yummy!). Enjoy!