Ok here is the deal, I am heading to NYC in the beginning of June from Vancouver. I'll be there for a week, 2 days of which I will be attending my crazy cousin's orthodox Jewish wedding in Brooklyn. So before that I need to get my fill of pork at The Spotted Pig. Do they still have the pig's ear salad? I had it a couple of years ago along with some oysters and devils on horse back and pork cheeks on toast. It was all amazing and I will love The Spotted Pig forever! But I digress...
I have heard great things about Blue Hill over the years and the menu always impresses me so I made a reservation. I figured June would be a pretty good time to go, maybe score some first of the season asparagus, possibly some nettles. The problem is you guys don't talk about it that much and when you do its not usually that positive. Now I'm totally rethinking the reservation that I made and because the doubt has crept in I might have to do a complete overhaul of my food plan for the week! So I need help. Should I keep the res or should I go somewhere else? There will be 6 of us including my parents who are a bit older but good diners...sorry not "but", they are a bit older AND they are good diners. Being a line cook I can't afford to go to Per Se, La Bernardin, Jean Goerge, or anywhere in that category. I want to stay away from anything Asian, because I love it, I eat it 5-6 nights a week, and Vancouver has the best and most variety of Asian food anywhere (I don't care what you say). But we could do Italian. I went to Lupa last trip and had a good meal but wasn't blown away. It looks like Scarpetta is getting the best reviews. Locanda Verde also looks great. A friend of mine just told me he had an amazing meal at Degustation.
As you can see I am lost. Should I just stick with my gut and go to Blue Hill? Any help would be great. And you should all know that you have way too much power over me!
314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014