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jaded chefs coming in for a quick visit

ktfish78 | Apr 22, 2011 02:37 PM

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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WD-50
50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

Casa Mono
52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

Jean Georges
1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

Spotted Pig
314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

Le Bernardin
155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

Dovetail
103 West 77th Street, New York, NY 10024

Ippudo
65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

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