Looking for an excellent & adventurous tasting menu at a excellent but casual restaurant?
We have a foodie friend coming to town. We're looking for a place that has an excellent tasting menu in the $100-200/person range. We'd like somewhere nice with excellent food but not stuffy. We're more downtown/brooklyn than uptown. That being said we're open on location. Basically looking for upscale tasting menu in a fun atmosphere. We like adventurous food. Modernist is great.
We just had dinner at Corton on Saturday (our third time). In a word, "Wow!" While, as Barcelonian said, it's not a "fun" place, the ambiance is very pleasant and relaxed.
Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare. It's just over the bridges in downtown Brooklyn. It may be a challenge to score a reservation. It took me two weeks using 3 phones simultaneously and the redial function, but the people I went with could only do Friday and Saturday nights which were the first slots to get filled and limited our chances. Also, reservations are booked 6 weeks in advance and I believe it's still BYOB.
I don't think you can get a reservation for 3 @ Bklyn Fare, but it's worth a try. They do get cancellations from time to time.
SHO Shaun Hergatt might be in the "stuffy" category, but I love their food and the price is right.
I was at Corton recently and several tables around me had the tasting menu with wine pairings, a choice that looked perfect.
Both Corton and SHO can be booked with minimum advance planning.
Finally, an option you might want to consider is Chef David Santos' Om Segredo dinners in his apartment on Roosevelt Island (I still want to say Welfare Island...shows my age). He's doing several themes in December, including a truffle dinner, a family-style dinner and a childhood memory dinner. Price is right, food is great and it's BYO.
SHO Shaun Hergatt
40 Broad St, New York, NY 10004
I'd recommend Corton - it's upscale, but I would not consider it stuffy at all. I would not, however, call it a fun atmosphere, but the food is really inspired. I really enjoyed my meal there. There may be places that better fit your criteria but I figured I'd throw this one out there.
239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013
Depending on the number of people in your party, Momofuku Ko would be perfect! Unfortunately, they accept reservations for only 1, 2 or 4 people (no reservations for 3--no idea why). The dinner tasting menu is $125 per person and is definitely an upscale tasting menu in a fun atmosphere.
163 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003