Corton, Shang or someplace else?
Gave my SO choice of Corton or Shang for dinner as a Christmas gift. Based on posts I've read neither seems to be a good option. Per Se and Masa are out. Falai is our current favorite. We have been to Robuchon, Cru. Have not been to EMP, Picholine, Veritas.
What do you suggest?
Thanks in advance. Really appreciate your help.
The reports I've read about Shang have not been at all positive. However, I'm not sure why you're dismissing Corton. Although we haven't been there, it's on our go-to list because with very few exceptions, the reviews I've read have been raves. But if you still have your doubts....
EMP would certainly be my #1 rec since, as regulars here know, it's our favorite NYC restaurant. But we've also had superb meals at Picholine and Veritas within the past year, so they would be excellent options as well.
I would note that these three differ greatly with regard to ambiance, so that might factor into your decision. EMP is very grand and gorgeous, Picholine has elegant, subdued ambiance, and Veritas has minimalist decor and a chic feel.
I had the tasting at Corton and did not think the portions were small, after having numerous courses, I would be overly stuffed if everything was normal a la carte sized. I saw other tables that ordered a la carte and their portions sizes were normal. Didn't experience any issues with service either, they were very accommodating to my bf and I and my need to take pictures of everything.
Shang doesn't really belong with the rest of those restaurants at all.
I just ate at Falai and the non-pasta dishes were wonderful, if you go I recommend ordering the tasting and telling them you are gluten-intolerant or hate pasta. 9 courses for 80 dollars make it a real bargain in this company, but the service and wine list are pretty poor. I would go again just for the food, but I wouldn't take someone like my Dad who cares about the service. I would definitely inquire about corkage if you go.
The octopus & tongue dishes were really amazing though.
Corton is great. Haven't got to Cru, Veritas is probably next.
brooklyndude, thanks for your thoughts. Falai is probably our NYC favorite right now and we have had a different experience re: pasta, service. The octopi is also one of our favorite dishes. Agree Falai's wine list is limited. Cru has an amazing wine list (it was in two huge books!).
What made Corton great? Please tell me more about the food. Thanks.
The pasta at Falai is good for what it is but seemed out of place with the rest of our meal.
The food at Corton is really inventive modern French cuisine which has been pretty well documented elsewhere. It's really intricate without being fussy and is technically very well executed.
Made reservations for May. Thanks to Miss Needle, etc. and who also experienced similar issues trying to reserve via opentable.com. I will report back (though I'm still behind on my reports for Keen's, Gordon Ramsey Dining Room and the Inn at Erlowest/TriState Board).