I'm relatively new to the board (at least, as far as posting goes) and already have been finding the members in this community to be extremely helpful and well informed. I thought with this topic I'd give everyone a space to have some fun and myself a chance to put together something that resembles a plan for the next few months.
I will likely be leaving NYC in the beginning of 2013 (I'm Canadian but have been working in the US for the past five years), and am looking to relocate to Asia (born in Hong Kong). Before I leave the Big Apple, I'd like to say that I've had the privilege to sample the best of the plethora of cuisine this city has to offer. What I'm looking for, then, is some advice on how this can be accomplished with the remaining months ahead.
I want to construct a list with some loose categorization, potentially with some overlap. For some things I'll already have something in mind about which I feel strongly; for other it's left wide open.
I'm not in the group who can say "price is no object" - in fact, price is a big object - I just often choose to look past it in favour of finding gastronomic bliss. If enough CHers consider something worthwhile, I might just break my bank for it.
I'll start the list off with the heavy hitters. Once I have this prioritized, I'll move on to the next category, and repeat/rinse. Anything that's "on the list " is there for at least one compelling reason, so barring extenuating circumstances I will not be crossing them off.
On the list:
Le Bernardin (no explanation necessary, I think - this will probably be my "farewell NY" meal)
Danny Brown Wine Bar & Kitchen (only one in Queens - I live in Sunnyside)
Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare (if I can secure a seat or two)
Corton (sounds...different enough)
Momofuku Ko (for lunch)
SHO Shaun Hergatt (available on savored.com...)
Gramercy Tavern (I've been almost all the other Danny Meyer establishments. also Michael Anthony)
Kyo Ya (kaiseki)
Sushi Azabu (I haven't been to enough good sushi places in Manhattan)
wd-50 (NY's best attempt at molecular gastronomy?)
Eleven Madison Park
In all cases I'll be dining with my girlfriend, and sometimes maybe with a small group. I work a 9-to-6 Mon-Fri job, so weekday lunches are typically out of the question (although I've done Danji at lunch a couple of times). Late dinners and any time on the weekend are, on the other hand, all fair game. Food first, service next, and the "scene" is of no significance to me whatsoever. And last by definitely not least, I don't drink alcohol.
Thanks, and I hope you all have some fun.