anniversary dinner for 2, about $200-$250 budget all in
I'm hoping not to exceed $250 for an anniversary dinner for two people including a couple of drinks, tips, tax. Ideally, I'm looking for a less expensive tasting menu, so right now I have a reservation at Blue Hill (nyc location). Given our budget, I could give up the tasting menu idea for the right place, so I am also considering L'Impero, Little Owl, and Ouest. I'm looking for seafood, Italian, or American nouveau (the bf is not that adventurous). The Mermaid Inn is usually our default place, but I don't think the atmosphere is romantic enough for this occasion. We still have 4 weeks, so getting a reservation shouldn't be a problem. Any comments/ideas? Has anyone had the Blue Hill tasting menu recently? Thanks!
I really like Little Owl, but I don't think it's special enough for an anniversary. I haven't done Blue Hill in the city, but Stone Barns was great. Hearth could be another option, although I have heard some reports saying quality has dropped off recently. I've also heard good things about Allen and Delancey.
I love Blue Hill but only had the special of the day which was superb.
I also highly recommenrd my "anniversary place" Vice Versa.
You can google their menu if you'd like.
Ouest is also a good alternative. I am going there myself in March.
I like your choices.
Have a wonderful anniversary dinner.
Hearth has a tasting menu for $80, and I think it's new. The place had been getting mixed reviews for a while and crowds have been sparse. But when I walked by last Saturday night, it seemed pretty full on a night when the East Village in general wasn't as popping as it usually is. I'm hoping this means that Hearth is back...the meal I ate there two years ago still ranks as the hands down #1 meal I've ever had in NYC.
I was at Blue Hill recently - we didn't do tasting menu. Just note that it's really tight in there.