Mom in town - where to go for a nice dinner ($300 tops for 2)
My mom's in town and as usual we would like to go to a really nice dinner together. Preferably somewhere with a tasting menu, but that's not a must. Some nicer restaurants we have been to:
Le Bernadin - were underwhelmed - food was good, but we were not wowed and the atmosphere had something of a train station with about 20 waiters running around in such hectic that you had the feeling you needed to hold on to the table cloth that it doesn't fly away.
Bouley - liked it a lot - the food was very good and we liked the atmosphere. Would definitely go back.
WD-50 - interesting to do it once, but there was a lingering feeling that the cook was so excited about what he could do to the texture and look of ingredients that he forgot about taking it to the next level and making sure that it also is a great combination of tastes.
Veritas - it's been a while, so I only recollect that we liked the wine selection but were not too impressed with the food - but that might also have been because it was right after eating at Bouley the week before
Tabla - tasting menu - liked it - The Food was not consistently great. About 3 course were great, 3 were good and 2 were below par (overcooked, etc). Overall, we still found it worthwhile because it was definitely something different.
We've been to more place (I just can't come up with more right now), but maybe that helps as a guideline for suggestions?
In a way, we are looking for something that compares to Bouley and/or gives us a somehow "different" eating experience why not compromising on the food quality (too much). We like any type of cuisine.