Help with 2 nights
I need help choosing two restaurants for my upcoming weekend stay.My wife and I are in our late 30's and enjoy great food and wine. We have heard a lot about Sixteen, Charlie Trotter and Avenues. We would rather choose other restaurants that are not so sedate and serious. We are also not crazy about Steak Houses or chain restaurants. We think we would like Blackbird, Zealous, Tru, Alinea, Moto or Naha? We also like fusion restaurants like Japonaise. The atmosphere is also important, we would like to have some fun with our experience.Would love to hear any recent visits or other suggestions.
Tru and Alinea are no less "sedate and serious" than Trotter's and Avenues; all are excellent, and you can have fun at any of these, but they are all somewhat formal (jackets required) and expensive (may not be an important factor for you). If you are interested in a more casual dining experience, moto is a possibility, particularly if you enjoy their emphasis on avant garde "molecular gastronomy". Schwa, even more so, if you can get reservations (unlikely, if you're coming soon). Otherwise, our many "casual fine dining" restaurants may fit the bill, among which one sixtyblue may have the very best food and a delightful atmosphere, hip and contemporary (but more restrained than "in your face"). I find the food at Blackbird almost as good, the atmosphere a bit cramped. Naha is very good, and so are Aigre Doux, North Pond, Custom House, and Sweets and Savories. Zealous, I'm not a fan. If you're looking for a place with an even more lively scene, you might enjoy Carnivale, DeLaCosta, or Cuatro, which are all Latin fusion places. Also check out the places mentioned in the topic on upscale ethnic restaurants at www.chowhound.com/topics/502320