"Fun" High-End Dining?
Hi all -
Back again to tap into peoples' thoughts and experiences...
My sister's 21st birthday is coming up and I'd love to take her out to a nice dinner. It's not until early March so plenty of time to decide/make a reservation.
Does anyone have any suggestions on restaurants (wouldn't mind a tasting menu up to $150 pp) that would be good to celebrate the big birthday?? Looking for something nice, but still fun. Less dinner with parents and more dinner with a young sibling. In terms of dietary restrictions - none! Easy!
LIncoln. It is sophisticated and fun looking with all its glass and the food is excellent. Nice tasting menu.
Service is attentive but not cloying.
Happy 21st Birthday to her!
I'll second WD-50. There are few high-end places that really have a "fun" vibe like that - EMP at the uber-high-end, but they'd be out of your price range. WD-50 has playful food, it's downtown hip, much more the kind of place for a 21-year-old than most Midtown joints. Ko is also a great suggestion, but have a res somewhere else in place before trying for them, as you might not get it.
Marc Forgione could also be a good choice - not as adventurous as WD or Ko, but still fun. He does a tasting menu of his "classic" dishes and the vibe is much more relaxed than your usual white tablecloth kind of place.
If you were to go Italian, I'd say shoot for Babbo over Del Posto. While DP isn't stuffy the way some Haute French places can be, it's still a bit more formal. Also, the food is just better at Babbo IMHO. The tasting menus aren't the most exciting, but you can put together your own "tasting" of sorts with a bunch of good antipasti and a couple pastas or secondi to share.
For Asian... Morimoto is always fun, though I prefer to "make my own" tasting versus the standard omakase. With two people you can easily try as many dishes. Only caveat is ask to be seated at the sushi bar... or at the very least ask NOT to be seated in the weird little "ghetto" area to the left of the entrance. It's this weird section separated from the main dining room and it's kind of awkward and claustrophobic. Seats at the sushi bar are always the best there.