Anniversary dinner July 4th weekend
I'm planning a trip to NYC from Montreal for July 4th weekend for my anniversary. I've never really been in the States during July 4th festivities. So I had a few questions. As July 4th falls on a Saturday this year, are most/all restaurants generally open on July 4th itself? And if so, is it an unusually difficult night to get reservations? My presumption is that it wouldn't be, as a lot of people would spend time with family at home and such, but I'm really not sure so any advice would be appreciated.
i'm always nervous to recommend restaurants for anniversaries. i don't want to ruin anybody's night. but here are a few ones you can look up. restos will be open, and saturday is usually a crazy night to get in places, but you may luck out because most NYers will be out of town. the earlier you call, though the better.
high end: jean georges and le bernardin. if you like old school italian i'd say il mulino as well. if you like sushi, you can't go wrong with nobu, megu or morimoto.
middle of the road: babbo, allen and delancey (super romantic), eleven madison park.
sort of a ny romance cliche but lots of out-of-towners love one if by land, two if by sea.
hope this gives you some guidance. feel free to email me at my web site if you have any more questions.
Eleven Madison Park is not in any way, shape or form "middle of the road." It is high-end and, in my opinion and that of many other Hounds, EMP's cuisine is the equal of Jean Georges and Le Bernardin. All three have an excellent wine list and top notch service. However, when it comes to atmospherics, while Jean Georges' dining room is lovely, Le Bernardin's unattractive dining room with somewhat cramped seating cannot compare with EMP's absolutely gorgeous space.
I would stay far, far away from One If By Land. The food sucks! Same goes for that other tourist trap, Tavern on the Green.
Many restaurants are members of OpenTable, and it is a good source for determining which ones will be open on July 4th.