Unique dining experience
I'm looking for a really unique dining experience for my husband's 40th birthday. We've done Per Se, and the chef's table at Gordon Ramsay . . . I'm hoping for something really out of the box, upscale, for 12-16 people. Ideally, something where it's personalized somehow (like at the chef's table at Ramsay, where you sit in the kitchen. That was fantastic.) Any ideas?
Sho Shaun Hergatt: over-the-top decor and service, upscale food (not too outside of the box, though, probably)
WD-50: one of my favorites for unusual food, but both it and Degustation would have difficulty with 12-16 people. In fact, it would be impossible at Degustation. Definitely fits the bill for outside of the box, though.
EMP and many, many other restaurants have private rooms that will fit your party. EMP is upscale, also not too far outside of the box.
I just had a very lovely meal at Soto, which is probably considered somewhat outside of the box given its tendencies towards sea urchin (uni). It's upscale and incredibly delicious, though small. They might be able to reserve space for a party your size, especially on weekdays (last night, a Wednesday, it was fairly quiet), but you'd definitely need to work with them directly. Not everyone is going to like the type of food served, here, though, and some complain about the portion sizes.
Le Bernardin has spectacular facilities for private parties -- with a separate entrance. Very exclusive. It's expensive but the OP has asked for over-the-top.
Perhaps someone from Eric Ripert's staff could give a kitchen tour? All you need to do is ask.
155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019
We just purchased tickets for an evening of Dark Dining in SF:
Who knows if the food is any good........It just seemed like fun thing to try. We have not gone yet so take that into consideration but I thought of it when I saw your post.
Something similar in NY?