Dinner with my foodie wife
Dear knowledgeable New York foodies,
My wife and I will be traveling to NYC in November for the Chocolate Show and I am looking for advice on where to take her for dinner. We'll be staying at the Waldorf (thanks to rewards points) so somewhere in that general vicinity would be great. We are both big Top Chef, cooking competition show, etc. fans so I'd love to take her someplace with a chef she'll have heard of to make it a special night. Thinking somewhere around $150 for the two of us, if possible. Thanks so much for the advice!
Does that $75pp include tax, tip, wine/drinks? It's easier if you can give a food only price range for each person.
It's going to be tough to do $150 for two people at the most famous Top Chef judges/guest judge restaurants, especially if you choose to stay in Midtown near your hotel since that is an expensive area to begin with.
For example, dinner at Eric Ripert's restaurant Le Bernardin will run you $115 each for the prix fixe.
Dinner at Daniel Boulud's flagship restaurant Daniel is $108 for the prix fixe but you could probably do one of his other restaurants.
My recommendation would be to go downtown, away from your hotel. You can do Craft (Tom Colicchio) or WD-50 (Wylie Dufresne) for $150 for two people as long as it doesn't include tax, tip, or any wine, as long as you order carefully a la carte. Same for Scarpetta (Scott Conant), especially if you split the entree. Again, this is $150 before any alcohol, tax, tip.
You can also look into Top Chef season 1 winner Harold Dieterle's two restaurants: Perilla and Kin Shop. For a special meal, I think Perilla is more appropriate in terms of menu and decor. They also offer a tasting for $70pp.
I would also not recommend Les Halles to you since Tony Bourdain hasn't really cooked there in years (save for one-night stints) and they have greatly increased the number of seats without increasing the size of the dining room over the years as well.
How far are you willing to go from the Waldorf ?
50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002
9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014
155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019
43 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003
411 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016
355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014
469 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011
from that same episode, David Burke Townhouse has a $37 prefix three course lunch. I was there last Sunday and really enjoyed everything, especially the mushroom cavatelli with truffle. Ms. Coasts raved about the crab cake starter and we both thought the cheesecake lollipops were as fun as they were tasty.
Ellen, DC should put you on his payroll! Be sure to spread the word once apple pie cake truffles drop. i'm watching my calendar closely.
I lucked out and found my favorite pretzel truffles at Noodle Bar when I took my sister to lunch this weekend. Noodle Bar also has a yummy lemon and ricotta soft serve. I'll keep my eye out for the apple pie cake truffles for you.
Momofuku Noodle Bar
171 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003