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If you weren't paying and had no price limit, where would you go?

So my boyfriend won a contest at his job and his prize is dinner for 4 on the company. And there is no limit on what we can spend!!! So with that... we want to go to the top of the line, best best restaurant in nyc. But considering we will never go to anywhere like this on our own, we have no idea where to go. Any suggestions?

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  1. I'd say Atelier Joel Robuchon - It was by far one of the more extravagant and better meals I've had in my lifetime (we selected a la carte options as opposed to going with the tasting meal which is recommended) If you'd like to go for a higher price point, I'd say Masa - assuming you'd enjoy Sushi and Japanese, and if not, then Per Se's tasting meal. But I'm sure you can't go wrong with any of these.

    1. Per Se or Le Benardin.
      Jean Georges too.

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      1. re: eatfood

        never been to per se. i'd give it a shot. and since this is on the company's dime, go for the wine pairing.

        looking forward to your review.

        1. re: steve h.

          Honestly, you can't go wrong with any of the choices offered so far. Enjoy!

          1. re: curiousgeo

            How about the newly reburbished Cafe Carlyle, and you can hear music, too? That will really blow some coin.

        1. Wine, too????? In that case, Cru?

          1. Per Se.... an opportunity to experience Thomas Keller's food is a treasure. Definitely do the wine pairing as another suggested. I promise you, it's a mind altering experience. The staff walks at the same pace through the dining room... I've never witnessed anything like it. The food, as expected, was mind-blowing. Okay, clearly I was impressed. Sorry, I could go on forever.

              1. No doubt, Per Se is #1. Thomas Keller's food is near perfection and the tasting menu is unforgettable. The decor is spacious and beautiful, while the service is sublime as well.

                1. As others have stated, in NYC I'd choose either L'atelier du Joel Rubochon or Per Se. Since price is no limit, I'd splurge on tickets to Paris and goto either Taillevant or Restaurant Guy Savoy though. Nothing in NYC comes close to comparing to them.

                  1. I've not been to the places mentioned here, but based on my dinner last night at Alto, I'd throw it into the mix:

                    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/443376

                    1. The most expensive in NYC (if you go tasting) are probably

                      1. Masa
                      2. Per Se
                      3. L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon

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                      1. re: Porthos

                        per se....absolutely.........and if in Paris, definitely second Guy Savoy

                      2. Almost all the upscale expensive restaurants have been mentioned, but IMO if it is a no limit dinner, I will definitely pick the one where prix-fixe and a la carte are not available and only a tasting menu can be chosen. That will be Per Se and Masa.

                        The reasoning behind this is as simple as that I can always pick and choose the dishes or the level of "expensiveness" I want when going to other restaurants (Jean George, EMP, Daniel, Le Bernardin, etc.). However, at Per Se and Masa, you have no choice, you have to pick their tasting menu with a fixed price, and it can only go up and not down. Other restaurants are much more affordable (relatively speaking), and you may as well just go dine there with your own money.

                        Since truffle season is almost here, I know that Del Posto has a truffle tasting menu, (but I am not sure how much it costs). You may want to look into that as well.

                        1. Per Se is quite amazing. I'm a vegetarian, and the food was wonderful, something that is not true of many other high-end restaurants.

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                          1. re: shivohum

                            Girlfriend is vegetarian so I know what you are talking about. Per Se and our favorite, Daniel, have INCREDIBLE tastings available specifically for vegetarians and that is very nice thought on their part. For vegetarians, Charlie Trotter's veg tasting menu is a MUST.

                          2. Another vote for Per Se. If they happen to have the Wyagu beef - get it.

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                            1. re: tpigeon

                              ate at Del Posto during truffle season last year.....the truffle supplement is extraordinary...highly recommend it.....but bring 2 credit cards....!

                            2. Per Se.

                              The restaurant is so astronomially expensive, and the chef SO world renowned, (I believe only Alain Ducasse also has more than one *** Michelin?). Even if you could make a case that the food is as good elsewhere, it would be foolish not to go to Per Se just to *know* what this rediculously famous chef and restaurant are all about.