Hi. I am being treated for my 35th Birthday and the only requisite my partner posed was that it be a new place for me. That said, I was thinking maybe of a nice place that is not French or Italian, the truth is, I am confused and don’t know what to decide. I’ve been to Le Bernardin, Gramercy Tavern, Babbo, Daniel, Fleur de Sel, Craft, Aureole, Peter Luger, Pichouline, Café Boulud…maybe others but those are the ones that come to mind, so I’m not going to any of those places. It does not have to be a high end restaurant, I just want GREAT food. I love greek food but I think I’ve been to the nicest greeks in town….There is no a single cuisine I dislike and I need to choose. What about Sushi Yasuda? I know, I am all over the place, I do not know how to begin thinking which cuisine will I want. What about EMP? (Ok, french/American is back in the game…). Maybe the best option would be to have the best interesting/creative/unfamiliar meal I could have in the city. Any suggestions?
Regulars on this board know I'm a huge fan of EMP. If you haven't been there since Chef Daniel Humm took over the kitchen last year, then in my view, it's a great choice for a celebratory meal.
Happy Birthday and Bon Appetit!
For French - Per Se, Jean Georges, L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, or EMP
For Italian - Del Posto, Insieme
For Japanese - Masa (if you want to go all out), Morimoto's omakase, Sushi Yasuda
You probably accidentally left this one off your list but just in case you didn't, I highly recommend that with the list you have going, you will also love Gotham Bar & Grill.
Asiate at the top of the Mandarin Oriental is also an interesting experience in dining, unusual in that it is a combination of French and Japanese.