Can you figure out the mystery restaurant?
re: small h
That's exactly what I was thinking. And actually, after my suggestion of precisely those two restaurants, the guest now thinks it's Le Bernardin (but not sure where she got the chef name from).
It surprised me, because she was one of those guests who (1) knew the restaurants in NYC very well and (2) wanted New New NEW! for everything she went to during her visit. And Le Bernardin is well-known and hardly new.
Thanks for your detective work, which confirms my conclusions.