Bouley vs. something else?
This is for my boyfriend's 30th. I really wanted to do it on Saturday night, and Daniel is booked. We could do friday but Saturday is preferable -- unless someone tells me I'm an idiot to go to Bouley over Daniel.
Or other suggestions? Aureole? We're doing a seafood thing on Thursday night so Le Bernardin is probably out...
I was a big fan of Bouley but lately I am not real happy with them, it's been awhile but I still like the old location better and the menu has been getting a little long in the tooth.
Daniel is easily one of your favorites and I would lean heavily towards going there if given a choice. If you are set on Saturday some other suggestions (if available of course):
Admittedly I have not been to the "new" Aureole and although I loved the "old" place I still don't hold it in the same regard as the other restaurants mentioned.
I had a great meal at EMP for New Year's Eve; I had a mediocre meal at The Modern three weeks ago (food was fine, service wasn't). I haven't been to the new Aureole (even though I was a big fan of the old Aureole); I heard that Charlie Palmer changed much of his front of house staff which is a shame since they were the best part of the restaurant.