I'm looking to go to either EMP or Bouley for a anniversary dinner and am planning on getting either the 4-course pre-fixe at EMP or the 5-course tasting menu at Bouley (well, really 4-course if you take out the grapefruit soup). Any comparisons between the two would be appreciated. I think things we care about are how good the food tastes (over how fancy it is), ambience (I've heard Bouley service is more stuffy but EMP feels more corporate), and to some extent variety in what the food tastes like (ie we'd definitely want to get two complete different set of food to share, and rather not have a menu that is all-heavy, all-seafood etc). Price-wise Bouley seems like a better deal, since it's $95 vs $102 for EMP (and the extras you have to shell out for getting lobster and foie gras at EMP), but maybe I'm missing some part of the equation here. Oh, and lastly, my fiance really loves good dessert too (we were wowed by JG desserts last year), so that's a consideration as well.