Restaurant recommendation - new trendy/celebrity chef
Looking to buy a gift certificate for a couple that loves all the Batali, Bastianich, etc. restaurants. They are also into new trendy places, but food comes first. Any suggestions for new places? Im not that up on new places. Cusine doesnt matter, approx 50 pp.
market table falls in the price range and is quite delicious and very popular these days. i recommend it...along with their crab cake.
I was going to suggest Perilla. Entrees are around $25, right? So a $100 certificate would certainly pay a majority of the bill. When I ate there w/ my husband, I think the total was around $120, definitely under $150. I think the new trendiness of the place really matches what OP is looking for.
ETA - Perilla now serves brunch, which would definitely be under $50 pp.
David Chang - one of Food and Wine's best chefs of 2006 (http://www.foodandwine.com/bestnewche...): Any of the Momofuku places on 1st Ave in the East Village
Iacopo Falai: Falai, Falai Panetteria - I've been to Falai and it's sooo good
Zak Pelaccio: 5 Ninth, Fatty Crab
Alex Urena: Pamplona
Joey Campanaro: Little Owl (I've been and it's wonderful)
Punch may be a good choice. It's right in your price range and the food is innovative and delicious. I'm not sure I'd call it trendy (fashionable, perhaps). Sort of elegant casual with great service.
scarlet starlet's suggestion of Pamplona is a good one. The food's excellent, and the ambiance is very pleasant. Obviously, tapas can be shared, and the menu includes several main courses that are meant for sharing as well. Prices are moderate, so, depending on what your friend's drink, $100 should be sufficient (though, in my view, a gift certificate does not necessarily have to cover the entire cost.)