We are Londoners and are coming to New York on 19 June and leaving 24 June. I am bringing my two16 year-old daughters as a reward after their exams. We are all looking forward enormously to the food. The trip is about sightseeing, shopping (this higher on my daughters' priority list than mine) and food and so as a rule we won't be going for long lunches and usually we will be looking at fancier meals in the evening.
Our hotel is in Times Square and we will happily go anywhere in Manhattan
I have been reading the posts avidly, and people are so knowledgeable (and giving of that knowledge). I don’t want to spend a fortune, but probably will, not because I have more money than sense, simply because I have no sense. I really fancy Per Se one evening (I realise I will need to get my booking in soon because of the 2 month booking period (how is the high-end restaurant scene holding up in New York?)) and the lunch time deal at Jean Georges sounds like a great opportunity to sample a great restaurant at a bargain price (but will I be able to restrict myself to just 2 or 3 courses?).
We have 5 evenings altogether in New York and I fancy Keens and/or Peter Luger for 1 or 2 evenings, Per Se for another and possibly Le Bernardin (I know the $$$ are adding up). What else would you recommend? – Degustation, WD-50, Babbo, 11 Madison Park or something else? (I have already been to Daniel, and whilst the meal was great I want to try something new this time.) We like tasting menus and I like the paired wine accompaniments as a rule, but are there any dishes I must try at Jean Georges or the other restaurants. (We tend not to be quite so bothered about desserts, but would be very willing to brave the “not-to-be-missed” puddings.)
The plan so far for lunch is Jean Georges, Katz, Crif Dogs and Shake Shack, but I’m not sure that we will be able to eat out 5 evenings and 5 lunches so I might have to be less ambitious. Will we have to make reservations for everywhere before we go and is there anything that I should specify when reserving (such as the main room at Jean Georges and not Nougatine)?