Central or Brasserie Beck or Proof?
I have a big birthday dinner coming up in a few weeks, and I'm trying to decide where to splurge. These are all places I've wondered about for a while. Any thoughts on this decision or particular menu rec's?
I haven't been to Proof, but I'd go with Central over Beck as my last meal at Beck the sauce on my rabbit was incredibly salty. Like, as soon as I took a bite I had to drink water salty.
I've been to Central a half a dozen times and the food has never been less than stellar. Really though, either is great. I'd just give Central a minute edge over Beck.
Note that the dining areas of Central and Beck are much much louder than Proof. So if that matters to you, then Proof is the choice.
Otherwise, they all are great choices. Central for modern cuisine from Michel Richard on a budget, Beck for Belgian classics with a spectacular beer list, and Proof for great modern American cuisine and a fabulous wine list.
You pretty much can't go wrong with any of these places, I guess it just depends on what type of celebration you want to have. Personally I would go to Central....but you will have a great meal regardless of where you go.
Like everyone else said, I don't think you can go wrong between Beck and Central (haven't been to Proof), and Central has one of the single best dishes I've ever had (faux gras). When making your decision I would consider your guest count. If it's just you and your significant other, I'd pick Central as it's a bit smaller and jewelbox-like (although no too much so). If a larger party, Beck is better able to accommodate that and the space is just bigger and I wouldn't feel as uncomfortable getting a bit raucous with a bigger group at Beck.