Where to Dine w/ $150 OpenTable Certificate
My husband and I have managed to make enough reservations on opentable.com over the past few years to earn a $150 gift certificate (good at any restaurant on open table). We don't live in NYC but will be visiting at the end of the month. So, where should we spend it? We're looking for something unique that we can't find in Boston. Thanks in advance for your help.
Too bad that the Gourmand at EMP is out for you because it is truly sensational! However, all is not lost. If you did want to go for brunch on the weekend, skip over the breakfast side of the menu and go to the lunch side of the menu where you will find Chef Humm's exquisite French-inspired cuisine. It is an a la carte menu, but your certificate should cover 3 courses for two even if you both order the most expensive dishes (the foie gras and the beef). Service at EMP is cordial and polished, and the space is gorgeous. During the day, with the (sun)light streaming in through the huge windows that face Madison Square Park, it's truly magical.
Another excellent option is Fleur de Sel. Superb contemporary French cuisine is served by a professional staff in a small, cozy space with lovely ambiance. The 3-course dinner prix-fixe is $76, which would exactly equal your certificate. But to get a bigger bang for your certificate buck, lunch is the way to go. They serve it every day, and on Sat. & Sun., it is the same menu, not a different brunch menu. There is a la carte menu, but they also offer two prix-fixes: 3 courses for $29 and 5 courses for $46. I would recommend going with the 5 courses, and if you do the 4-course wine pairing, the total for both is $80pp, which comes to just $10 above your certificate.
Have a great weekend in NYC and Bon Appetit!