I will be in the Delray Beach/Boca Raton in at few weeks and am looking for dining recommendations. I have a reservation at Cafe Boulud at Palm Beach and, being familiar with his restaurants, assume it's got to be "solid" at worst. However, I'm at the end of my rope in terms of options in the Delray Beach/Boca Raton area.. Two years ago, I cam down for a weekend and dined at 32 East, which was "Okay" but hardly interesting, memorable or worth the price relative to what I could get for the same money in SF or NYC. Actually, the most memorable part of the experience was the sight of a muscular, jewelry-adorned guy ostentatiously parading about the dining room with a dangerously over-tanned woman on his arm, stopping by different tables to say hello. I later learned he was a "prominent" local restaurateur. While it was fascinating to watch this man's behavior, ultimately it was not not worth the price of the meal.
In any case, I really could use some killer picks or lunch or dinner, and am open to any kind of food so long as it's a really good example on a national level and not just, "The best in Delray or Boca." If it's a place where I'm going to spend more than $50 a person, I'd prefer that the menu not be circa 1995. For instance, the Sundy House looks like a lovely place but, sorry, the menu is a snooze to read and doesn't exactly make me want spend $35 an entree. These days, in NYC, where I'm from, many top restaurants are offering $35 three-course prix fixe menus. Obviously, Boca and Delray are not NYC, but there's got to be something in your area that will help make the trip memorable. Thanks for your help.