Dinner in NYC - it's been a while
Because of many reasons, my husband and I rarely have dinner in NY. Fifteen years ago, we were the first to try new places and were the "go to" people for a realiable recommendation.
Now is now, and we have an opportunity to have a wonderful dinner and we don't have a clue where to go. Someone is picking up the tab for dinner and they have said that there is no limit, but I wouldn't go to Per Se again, where our bill was $700. I think that the $350 to $400 range with drinks, wine and tip is more appropriate.
I love a farm-to-table approach to dinner (not ideal in the middle of the winter, I know). Strictly for sentimental reasons, I was thinking of Union Square Cafe where I always brought clients and always impressed, but that was more than 15 years ago. I love Blue Hill, but have been there both in the Village and Stone Barns. Can anyone help with a suggestion or two?
We're planning to stay in NY for the night and we haven't selected a hotel yet either. I was hoping for a nice neighborhood where we could plan on a breakfast and lunch and good walking around the next day. The ideal restaurant could be a destination, rather than right in the same neighborhood as the hotel.
We appreciate your input!
re: H Manning
We were actually thinking of next Friday, the 7th. I just checked Open Table. They have availability early at Jean-George or something early or later at Picholine. Nothing available at Le Bernadin or Eleven Park or Gramercy Tavern.
I don't mind early or late. It's too bad we're trying for spontinaity this time.
Did you mean Friday, January 6th, or Saturday, January 7th? If you mean 1/6, Craft has an early table for 2 available.
I also see some tables at:
Cafe Boulud - 6:30 or 9
Corton - lots of prime time tables left
Gotham Bar & Grill - 6 or 9
Jungsik - lots of prime time tables left
Monkey Bar -- lots of prime time tables left, has an ex-Craft chef now at the helm, recently got some good reviews in the New York Times
SHO -- lots of prime time tables left
Telepan - 6, 8, or 9
Tocqueville - 6:30pm or 9pm, one of the first farm-to-table restaurants
20 East 76th St., New York, NY 10021
1 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003
72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023
Gotham Bar and Grill
12 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003
60 E 54th St, New York, NY 10022
239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013
SHO Shaun Hergatt
40 Broad St, New York, NY 10004
2 Harrison St, New York, NY 10013
Yes, I did mean Friday, the 6th. I glanced up at my wall calendar which has a very tiny January calendar on the December page. Thanks. I was feeling that there would be a lot of good choices, even though it's kind of last minute. We ate at Telepan this past June. We enjoyed the food, but it didn't feel much like a special occasion. How is Toqueville. I really don't know anything about it.
Lots of previous Tocqueville reports here:
If you don't mind eating on the early side, I think Craft would be a good fit since you like Blue Hill/farm-to-table, as well.
43 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003
I agree that Telepan is nothing special and our last trip was our "last trip" it was such an unpleasant experience.
Tocqueville is a very very nice place, elegantly understated with wonderful food.
Since you mention the farm to table concept I would also suggest you look at MAS Farmhouse and MAS LaGrillade (but as much as I love them I'm not sure if they are "special" enough).
39 Downing St, New York, NY 10014
Mas (La Grillade)
28 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014
I think you would get more response if you gave us a little more detail but to get the ball rolling I will throw out some suggestions:
Eleven Madison Park - riding a very big wave of popularity due to recent Michelin 3rd star (rez can be tough with short notice)
Picholine - still think it's putting out some of the best food in the city
Jean-George - recently putting out the best food I have ever eaten from their kitchen
Le Bernardin - great new look, same great food
Dining Room at The Modern - beautiful looking, great tasting food
Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010
1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023
155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019
9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019
35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023