I've never asked for help before on my NYC reservations but am now relying on your expertise to help me pick a restaurant. My husband and I will be in the city for a quick trip next weekend. We go up there about 3-4 times a year, and I typically obsess over each restaurant for every meal. We love good food and are not constrained by budget. The restaurants I normally pick are a mix of new/memorable food/good scene(as in great people-watching)/great ambiance. Given we are there only a handful of times each year, I don't like to repeat a restaurant unless it was mind-blowingly good or has sentimental value to us.
Funny that I am having such a hard time with Saturday brunch this go-round. Perhaps it's because this is the first trip in a long time that we will not have our toddler with us. This is going to be a very boozy brunch followed by shopping. Here's what I have lined up; I greatly appreciate your opinion!
ABC Kitchen (11:00 am, too early. I think we will cxl)
Sant Ambroeus West Village (This scores higher for people-watching than food)
August (in the greenhouse area, higher points for ambiance than food)
If this information helps shape your recommendation, here are the other restaurants I have booked:
Fri dinner - Charlie Bird
Sat dinner - Betony or Perla (need to cxl one; opinions welcome here also!)
Sun brunch - Locanda Verde (have only had dinner there; heard brunch is awesome)
Let me know if there's any additional info I can provide. Look forward to hearing your thoughts, and thanks in advance for your help!