So here's my dilemma. My girlfriend and I have decided to head into Manhattan on Saturday December 18th to do the whole Christmas in New York thing. She gets to shop, I get to eat. Unfortunately, most of the places I want to try are already booked. I'm on the waiting lists at EMP and Le Bernardin, and Jean Georges only has a reservation available to 5:15. There are reservations available at Convivio (I've read mixed reviews), and Soto. As you can see from the places I'm considering, style of food is not as important as quality. We don't get into the city that often, and I really want to take advantage of this opportunity as best I can.
So here are my questions. Do I take the 5:15 reservation at Jean Georges, or should I be concerned that we will be rushed as they turn over tables for the later seatings? If I don't do Jean Georges, are Convivio and Soto good alternatives considering what's available? Places like Scarpetta, The Dining Room at the Modern, Marea, and Alto are also in play, but only have reservations available past 10. Jean Georges also has late reservations available. I'd prefer to eat in the 7-9 o'clock range, but if any of these places are truly worth it I can make an exception. I really need a hand deciding as the number of choices are overwhelming. Help!
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