Bought my copy of Zagat NYC and have been reading the Chowhound boards religiously for several weeks. Bringing my soon-to-be fiance to NYC (her first time since age 16) this May for a long weekend and am trying to put together the best options for dining.
We've got three nights for dinner and Babbo is an iron-clad no-brainer (I went to Lupa a few years back and had the best plate of pasta I've eaten in America). Also want to go to Ess-A-Bagel for bagel and lox one morning. Those onion bagels rock like Yngway Malmsteen used to.
Prune sounds interesting for Sunday brunch. Is it worth the bother to get there at 9:30am and wait outside before they open at 10am to try and minimize the time to get seated?
We'd like to do sushi one night and Sushi of Gari sounds like a great option for the omakase dinner. With a budget of $150-$200 for sushi are there other places to consider?
Also thinking of hitting Yakitori Taisho. We have no problem with mixing and matching dives with high-end places (though we'd like to avoid the really pretentious places). is Taisho worth sacrificing one of our three precious dinner appointments?
Would also like to mix-in a french bistro styled place. Looking for rthe definitive onion soup and a tarte tatin that would make you slap your mother.
Any other suggestions for a killer definitive NYC dinner for two 30-somethings is much appreciated . . . Thanks!
P.S. If anyone needs feedback on Dallas-area restaurants please contact me. I'm happy to help out.