goodbye to NY meal
will hit katz', ess-a etc. but want one fancy meal b4 we go.
If we can't get into Babbo
If you are into seafood, then Le Bernardin.
Otherwise for high-end (contemporary) French, I will suggest Eleven Madison Park or Jean Georges instead of Modern.
For Italian then Hearth is great. But if you still want to sample Batali's food you can go to Del Posto. It is a lot easier to get reservation there (thru OpenTable)
It all comes down to what cuisine you prefer, since these restaurants are all great and consistent in food quality