Heading to the Food Show this weekend. Looking for recommendations. Budget is no object.
Wanted to provide a review of my great weekend. Thanks for all the advice. I probably should have listened to more of it. Here goes:
Fri Night - Del Posto
Food was great, room fabulous. The service was a little too attentive. I am sure to many, that's not a problem.
Sat Night - WD-50
Very interesting. I really appreciate Dufresne's confidence. He is so creative! Service very casual. We ate at the bar and the bartenders weren't too clued in to the menu. I know that if I were in that environment, I would want to know about everything and why we were serving and why WD created it. Also missed having a couple of less adventuresome items on the menu. I kind of wanted a salad course and really couldn't get one.
Sunday Lunch - I was staying at the Mandarin Oriental so I had the opportunity to walk around the Time Warner. I stopped into Porter House for a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and oysters. As an added bonus, I got to enjoy the live jazz for their Sunday brunch service. Menu looks good and service at the bar was efficient and professional. I will have dinner there the next time I am at the MO.
Sunday Dinner - Aquavit
What an experience. I adored the food but I can't tell you that I didn't adore the service as much. Every detail of this restaurant has been carefully planned out. The menu was so exciting. My favorites were the herring sampler and the venison. I had a great Aquavit cocktail called "The Red Slipper". Can't say enough about this place and will go to Samuelson's other two restaurants soon.
Monday Night - Bar Masa
Again, staying at the MO, I was a bit lazy after a day at the show. I had a fabulous dinner at the bar here. I started with the Spicy Tuna Tataki which was topped with this excellent micro cilantro...perfect flavor combo. Next I had a sunomono salad and then a grilled avocado and unagi maki. All very well done....Pleasant, unobtrusive service at the bar. Nice experience.
Tuesday Lunch - Jean-Georges
I was disappointed as I was planning to eat at Anthos. I walked over there to learn that they were closed for a private event. I had a reservation there on Monday night but cancelled because I was beat from the show. When I cancelled, I told them I was heading over for lunch on Tuesday and asked if I needed a reservation. I was told I didn't. I am sure the hostess hadn't looked in the book to see that they were closed. I understood but I was disappointed.
I had to head back to the MO to retrieve my car for the trip home so I thought JG was a good idea. Dining room was full but I was able to sit at the bar. I didn't partake in the prix fixe although I think it's a great deal at $24.07. I don't really do dessert so going a la carte made more sense. I had a great arugula salad with asiago vinaigrette and the tuna tartare. Both were great!
I loved experiencing so any new places and have enjoyed reading all of your responses. I hope to visit again soon. I am always amazed at the ever changing frontier of th NY restaurant scene. You can never get caught up!
Agree on A Voce and Sfoglia being more "inventive" than Babbo.
I'd recommend Mas (farmhouse) as a great experience too, and heck, if price tag isn't a problem, try Per Se in the Time Warner Center.
Btw, what food show is in town this wknd? I'll have to see if I can go! Thanks