Small birthday dinner
I am treating myself to a birthday dinner and am willing to spend some cash. Not Masa-level cash, but some. I love both traditional and experimental European and American food, and also really enjoyed my last birthday outing, which was to Nobu.
I don't get to the really high-end places terribly often (being an avid home cook and not that wealthy), so most are unknown to me. Here are some I was considering:
-Del Posto (or one of the other Batali properties, such as Babbo--I've still never been there!)
-One of the BLT properties (probably BLT Steak)
I think Babbo is the best of that group. Craft is good but very very expensive when you add everything up. Happy Birthday!
I would go for Del Posto. WD-50 has been around and the chef is pretty creative. I'm not sure how WD-50 is now?
I should add that though I am intrigued by the "moecular gastronomy" stuff, I haven't been to any of those places yet. I too wonder how Dufresne is viewed right now.
Also, I love doing tasting menus.