We fancied Gordon Ramsay at the London, but...
we can't get a table on a Friday night.
Where should two Londoners eat, that's something like there?
We love Italian food, seafood, organic food and eating seasonally.
We're not bothered about getting uber-huge portions, and for this once, money's not really an object - hurray.
Help much appreciated.
Not like GR at the London but Upstairs at Bouley (on West Broadway in TriBeCa) covers your various bases in that it has a partial Italian menu, lots of seafood options (and a small sushi bar) and relies heavily on organic and seasonal produce. The open kitchen lends a sense of theatre and the close together tables, elevated noise levels and fellow customers make this a quintessential New York dining experience.
Thanks for these - it was a gastronomic few days! I am several £ lighter and several lbs heavier. We ate at...
WD-50 - interesting food combinations - the 'Eggs Benedict' particularly, lovely staff, way too much wine (7 glasses) for the tasting menu (9, I think, courses), so I can't really remember the puddings.
Daniel - fabulous ravioli starter with clam emulsion, charming sommeliers and cocktail-makers at the bar. And my purse had its own stool. A little OTT in some ways, but otherwise a perfect old-fashioned dining experience.
Scarpetta - good service, nice food - not that great tho - just too twiddly for Italian food. My boyfriend's carne course was very dry. Always best to stick to the pasta / risotto, we've decided since.
Il Buco - probably my favourite - buzzy, informal, fantastic food - cavolo nero starter and a good ragu sauce on my main.
And then a whopping Dean & Deluca picnic in Central Park.
seafood: sushi yasuda, bernardin, milos, jean georges
italian: babbo, esca (seafood), lupa, insieme
steakhouse : craftsteak
Give Insieme (51st&7th Ave.) a go. It's not as formal a place as GR, but I believe the food to be superior. I've attached a link to their website so you can get an idea of menu/wine list.