30th Bday Dinner - Veritas, EMP, Cru or ?
I have not been to Cru, but both EMP and Veritas are favorites of ours. Between those two, it depends on exactly what you are looking for. But you can't go wrong by choosing either one.
EMP: Chef Daniel Humm's French-inspired, very creative cuisine is sensational! There are three menus to choose from, including the fabulous Gourmand tasting dinner. There's an excellent wine list; service is friendly and professional; and the huge space is gorgeous!
Veritas: Chef Scott Bryan's New American cuisine is not particularly complicated but always solidly prepared and delicious. Unlike EMP, there is only one menu -- the 3-course prix-fixe. The wine list is, of course, one of the most extraordinary in the city. Service is pleasant and professional. The space is the antithesis of EMP's, i.e., small dining room with minimalist decor that is soothing and has understated elegance. (Note: If you choose to go here, be sure you're seated in the dining room, not the front/bar area.)
Happy 30th Birthday to your b.f., and Bon Appetit!