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streaksinthesky Nov 6, 2011 05:46 PM

i am planning a 2 day trip to nyc for late january, and it will be my first time in the city since i was a kid. the purpose of the trip is dining, and i have the places i am interested in narrowed down to this list

per se

eleven madison park


jean georges


le bernardin

i have time for two lunches and two dinners, and would like opinions on how i can best enjoy my four meals. i know that a few of these places are open for both lunch and dinner, but are those that are better suited for one versus the other? also, what is the lunch dress code at these places? jackets required for men? also i know that per se is a tough reservation to get, but how about the otheres? thanks in advance, and really i doubt i can go wrong when choosing from this list...

  1. g
    gutsofsteel Nov 6, 2011 06:05 PM

    My favorite is lunch at EMP.

    Eleven Madison Park
    11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

    1. f
      fooder Nov 6, 2011 06:12 PM

      They are all tough reservations to get, but I think Corton and Jean Georges are probably the easiest to get of the list.

      I think Per Se, Eleven Madison Park, and maybe Le Bernardin have lunches that are closest to their dinners.

      There are plenty of varying opinions on all these restaurants. The ones with the best reviews on this board tend to be Per Se and Eleven Madison Park. They also have different specialties. I would suggest figuring out what types of cuisine you prefer and reading the reviews on each individual restaurant.

      1. k
        kathryn Nov 6, 2011 09:44 PM

        What days of the week are you here? That may influence where you're able to go.

        Do you care about a view at all? Per Se, EMP, and JG all are by parks and have big windows and you can't really see much out of the windows at night.

        Per Se seems to be the hardest to get for parties of 2, it looks slightly easier for parties of 4, given a quick OpenTable check.

        EMP has become harder to book due a lot to the upcoming cookbook & the Michelin star upgrade. I just checked OpenTable for a party of 2 at 7pm and it had nothing. When I clicked "next available" it only gave me two options, and at 5:30pm.

        I'd also point out that Le Bernardin has an oddball reservation policy. Le Bernardin opens its books on the first of the month for the following month. So on December 1st, you could book your January reservation. If you wait until one month out, many of the desirable times will probably be gone.

        Regarding dress code, Per Se is jacket required both at lunch and dinner (they only serve lunch Fri-Sun).

        EMP is jacket preferred.

        Corton is smart casual (they don't serve lunch).

        JG is jacket required for both lunch and dinner (it used to be just dinner but someone here reported a change in lunch policy earlier this year).

        Le Bernardin is jacket required both at lunch and dinner.

        Daniel is jacket required (they don't serve lunch).

        Per Se
        10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

        Le Bernardin
        155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

        239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

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