Dear Manhattan Chowhounds:
A friend and I are planning a six-day trip to NYC and we're trying to organize our six dinners. One night we will be at EMP and another at Degustation. I have a broad question for the board: what restaurants can you suggest which will be good contrasts to EMP and Degustation? By contrast, I mean in terms of cuisine, atmosphere, and location. Price point is not a concern. Just to give you a little background, we have eaten at Babbo, Gotham Bar and Grill, Jean Georges, Pylos, Gramercy Tavern, Momofuku Ssam and have really enjoyed all of the meals. We would prefer not to repeat restaurants despite the wonderful meals we have had. We are also very avid cooks (one of the reasons we are going to Degustation is to watch and speak with the chefs as they prepare the food) and are trying to learn more about wine and how it pairs with food. Our list is clearly Euro and New-American biased. Both of us are adventuresome eaters. So, maybe you can suggest a good contrasting Asian/Sushi restaurant and perhaps a Latin place. We wouldn't mind trying a raucous place as long as the food is good. Thanks for your advice and I may ask further questions depending on where you lead us.