I am grinning like a maniac as I type this, and I just poured myself an iced cup of this morning's coffee, so forgive the hyperness of this post in advance!
I need two types of suggestions for dining in September:
1) At least two restaurants where my husband and I can spend no more than $50 each ($200 for two nights total). We will not be drinking any alcohol. We'd like to get the most bang for our buck as possible, obviously.
2) At least one restaurant where we can have a memorable meal worth every single penny. This will be the one night where we'll spare no expense, and we WILL be having at least a few drinks!
My husband just called me thirty minutes ago and told me that not ONLY is he getting a substantial raise (!!!) but ALSO, he's being sent to Manhattan for four days and three nights in September, and I'm coming with him! I can hardly stand my excitement right now - I'm 29 and all I've wanted to do since I was an embryo with eyelashes is go to New York, and now I'm going in two short months! He went once 12 long years ago, when he was 18, and all he remembers is a 'really good street vendor hot dog'.
Because we'll be paying for my ticket, and because I'm dying to shop at the holy trinity of 'B' department stores in NYC - Bloomy's, Barney's, and Bergdorf's - we've decided that we need to stick to a moderate budget for Night 1 and Night 2. We're thinking $100 maximum between the two of us each night should be enough to enjoy a few really good dinners. We won't be drinking any wine, because each morning after, my poor husband has to wake up at 5:30 AM, and he can't really handle his alcohol. (Which is weird, since the man is 6'2 and 215 pounds. I make fun of him about this often.) He told me that I should go ahead and have a glass of wine or a cocktail anyway, but I'd rather wait for when he can join me at our last meal.
Unlike the first two nights, we want to have the best meal at one of the finest restaurants in New York, and basically we don't care what the cost is. (Unless you're trying to sell us a $1000 sundae made with gold leaf or something ridiculous like that.) And yes, we'll finally break open the champagne and the wine, and nurse our hangovers on the plane the morning after. :D
My husband and I live in California, and we've dined at some pretty amazing places in San Francisco, Napa, and Beverly Hills. We really want to leave New York feeling impressed with what we had each night (especially the last one), and with zero regrets in terms of money spent. We both love seafood and sushi, as well as French bistro fare, but there's nothing we won't try - seriously, suggest anything and EVERYTHING, nothing is too out of the box! Tell me stories of your favorite meals, give me suggestions as to what I have to try, let me know where the best _____ (fill in the blank) in the city is.
Thank you so, so much Chow! I'm off to go call my best friend and freak out once more! (Oh, and maybe attempt to get some sort of a dinner on the table.)
ETA: His company is putting us up at a place called Hotel Thirty Thirty, which is in midtown Manhattan. But I don't think we'll mind hopping in a cab and going anywhere to dine!