My husband and I are taking a quick trip to the city this coming week, and we're trying to figure out where to do our big, inspirational, this-is-why-we-came-to NYC meals. We're both chefs in Washington, DC, and we eat well on a regular basis.
Wednesday night we're going to the LTO event for RJ Cooper, and that will certainly count as a big fancy meal. We'd like to do at least one destination-restaurant lunch (think Le Bernardin, EMP, maybe Jean Georges); one mid-range casual but nifty dinner, probably Monday night (something like Spotted Pig or Balthazar, though we're not interested in waiting 2 hours to eat British food, lol). Tuesday night we'd like to bar-hop (food bars, that is). We like to go to fancy, famous, or otherwise off-limits places and sit at the bar, have a couple of small plates and a drink, then move on to the next place and do it again.
Hubby's a classical French chef; I do modern American with a seafood specialty.
We're big fans of the big names (Ripert, Boulud, etc), and the whole idea is to get away from our lives for a few days and eat some extraordinary food without spending $1000 a meal.
Last time up, we enjoyed Casa Mono, Ippudo, and Dovetail, had awful experiences at Fishtail and WD-50, and paid obligatory, enjoyable visits to Katz's and Shake Shack.
Especially for the bar-hopping night, which will probably be Tuesday, do you have any suggestions? For the destination restaurants, is there one or another that's hitting on all cylinders right now, or a place that might be a better deal than others? We're not paupers, but we're not magnates, either, so we're trying to piece together a quick trip that will allow us to experience a lot of what NYC has to offer without having to sell a kidney.
Any help is appreciated!
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