DIY progressive dinner?
I despair of finding one restaurant that offers everything I want in a meal on the one night we're not going to the theatre during our next visit to NY (First weekend in October). We've decided we're willing to spend up to the amount we would otherwise put into two good seats for a Broadway musical, but even so it isn't easy.
I have a hankering for foie gras -- nicely seared, with some sort of fruit accompaniment. I've found a few places that offer it, but then their entree selection (or the reviews about it) leaves something to be desired.
And in my religion, if it ain't chocolate, it ain't dessert. (And if it ain't dark, it ain't chocolate.) Shoot me if I'm not into foams and air and gelee, but that's how I roll.
So I'm thinking, why limit ourselves to one restaurant? Let's have a moveable feast!
We'll have our unlimited MetroCards and are willing to go uptown, downtown, crosstown and even to Brooklyn (staying in Park Slope), so have at it! If the experiment is a success, I'll post an account, maybe with pictures.
I'd go for the great prix fixe lunch deal at Jean Georges, and go see an affordable concert or show at night. Or if you can snag reservations at Momofuku KO, you'll get the incredible signature (if unorthodox) foie dish, provided you're willing to sacrifice the chocolate. You'll get great theater too, as you watch them prepare your food.
Thanks, ChefJune, hungrycomposer! I appreciate the lunch J-G suggestion and might try that another time, but since this is the first time in years we've been in the city during the appropriate season, we're doing the Red Hook ballfields for lunch that day -- and the reason the dinner is our entertainment is we could only find two shows we wanted to see and we're seeing them the other two nights we're in town. Oh, and sacrifice chocolate? Really? I mean, really? ;-}
Thanks for all the responses! We've decided the logistics for the progressive idea are just too daunting, so we're going to pick one place and stay there. (I think.) Here's what we've narrowed it down to:
Nougatine at Jean-George
I know this is bad form, but as of now I have reservations at all four. I *promise* to cancel three of them in plenty of time to allow others to take those times.
The only time I could get at Gramercy was 5:30, which is early even for us -- especially given the amount of activity we pack into any day we're in New York. The others are for 7:00 or 7:30.
So of the four, any distinguishing characteristics that would help me choose?
Thanks again for your help!
I had two really excellent foie gras preparations last time I was in Manhattan. One was for lunch at Jean Georges: lightly bruleed on top with a crackly sugar crust, and little tiny pieces of strawberries. The other was at L'Atelier du Robuchon, and it was much more complicated and layered but also delicious. It was too dark at Robuchon for photos, but here's the foie gras from JG: http://www.chezpei.com/uploaded_image...