Where would you eat if $ is no object?
Hello! I have a first year wedding anniversary coming up, and since we both like food (and excellent service) I thought it'd be nice to go out to and *really* treat ourselves to dinner.
If money is no object, where would you eat? I'm thinking Per Se? Of course, there could be other places that I have no idea of.... we usually try to be kind of frugal in our dining.
IMHO, Per Se isn't really all *that* great. It's good, but--well, I wasn't wowed. Maybe I built up my expectations too much. For the formal dining experience, I really think you can do just as well at Le Bernardin for much less.
My favorite splurge meal is the tasting menu at WD-50, but you kind of have to like unusual food. Dishes are really interesting (some argue not always good, but in the three times I've been, I've never been disappointed) in a laid-back, but elegant setting. Service is impeccable.
Cafe Gray. Gray Kunz is the Man, and it's really not a break-the-bank experience like Per Se or Masa, either. His food is still inspired and sublime.
Veritas is a great choice also. Always a consistently underrated and overlooked place for many New Yorkers, but both the food and the wine are very good.