Table for One in Queens or Brooklyn
Thanks for the suggestion, Bob.
I posted a similar question on the Manhatten Board and, unsurprisingly, was asked for similar clarification! Here's some guidance:
Budget is not much of a concern, probably under $100-$150 with drinks.
For cuisine, I'm looking for innovation & creativity. I tend to avoid places using traditional definitions (ie Italian, French, Thai) as I've been able to experience most of those in their native countries. Not opposed a great example or an exotic cuisine that's hard to find outside NY.
I don't mind driving or taking a cab a fair distance. I like to explore and I have time on my hands.
I like bustling scenes. It's a good chance to make conversation & people watch.
For reference, my recent Manhattan meals (over 4-5 years) have included Ssam Bar, Daniel, Momofuku Ko, Babbo, Balthazar.
I'm not sure if I'd describe the scene as bustling but the Elm, a new restaurant run by Paul Liebrandt, has been getting tremendous buzz on some other food boards. It's in Williamsburg, about a 15 minute cab ride from LaGuardia.
It's been open for about a month so there aren't any full length reviews from the major critics.
Here's a brief but enthusiastic writeup from the New Yorker.
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