After an agonizing two weeks, I've cut down what seems to be the top of the top in New York to this list of five for a variety of reasons, and now, in the final stretch, I seem to have hit a rut. I'm taking my boyfriend out for his 21st birthday, and I really want to take him to great food. It seems like a lot of people say that Bouley would be the no brainer, but the issue is that he's been there before, and I'm slightly leaning towards taking him somewhere he hasn't been, just to mix things up a little, but I can't bear to cut it out because it sounds absolutely delicious and he loved it the last time he went. I'd really appreciate any input chowhounders could give.
Thank you so much in advance.