Hello Lovely NYC Chowers,
My Grandpa is coming to visit me around Christmas time. He has not been in over 5 years, and is relying on me to set the entire itinerary given an overall budget. I believe said budget will allow for two expensive dinners. For one, I want to do a steakhouse and have narrowed it down to Peter Luger (please don't comment on this choice). For the other I'd like him to experience a grand New York City dinner that combines atmosphere, service, and, of course, delicious food.
1) My Grandpa is an older gentleman and I do not think he would enjoy something like WD-50 or anything too experimental. That said, he enjoys ethnic food and is not at all fussy so the dinner doesn't necessarily have to be old fashioned.
2) Along the same lines, I don't think my Grandpa would enjoy a 4 hour meal. It's just not that comfortable for him. So mention of the relative speed of the various tasting menus is most appreciated as are recommendations of great a la carte or prix fixe options.
3) While we are willing to spend a pretty penny, there are limits. Thus, Per Se or any place where we would pay much more than $150 for food alone is a bit out of reach. Value is a factor, and any place with reasonable prices (for drinks as well) will get added consideration.
4) My Grandpa enjoys seafood so any place that excels in fresh fish certainly merits mention.
5) What I'm looking for is a special experience. Not necessarily over-the-top or ostentatious,
but a place chowhounds have had memorable experiences and would expect others to have the same.
At this point I am considering the following given the above parameters:
- Le Bernardin (the less expensive tasting menu representing the upper reaches of our price range)
- Gramercy Tavern (a place I personally have always wanted to try)
- Daniel (over $100 for 3 courses seems a bit much, is it worth it?)
- Jean-Georges (tough to tell from the website as there are various menus listed, but this one may be too pricey for us)
- The Modern (one thing I notice is that wine prices are high even for this caliber of restaurant)
- 21 Club (perhaps old fashioned but he might get a kick out of eating here)
Please let me know if any of these stand out to you or if there are any missing places you highly recommend.