I rarely seek out this sort of restaurant, so I need help. Mom's 80th birthday is in early January. She wants to bring the whole family to a big splashy meal. Those most upsetting of words were spoken (you know the ones): "The food doesn't matter; it's about the EXPERIENCE!"
Kill me now. Please. Someone.
Last time we tried to do something like this, we hit, god help me, Tavern on the Green. Over my objections, of course. And I can attest that, indeed, the food truly didn't matter. This time I'd hope to do a little better.
Problem is, for my mom, it won't seem "special" enough unless it's a place she's heard of (i.e. no places opened after 1980 or so). She was thinking La Perigord. Please save us from that zombie. She would consider Four Seasons, but I've never eaten there or heard, in the past decade, a single report from there. She loves Union Square Cafe, but I think it's not ostentatious enough.
Thanks for still being here, reading, btw.
Save me from this nightmare. Where should I suggest? (not that they'll listen to me). There needs to be no sweat making a reservation on less than two months notice for a party of, jesus, I don't know, like ten people. Most of whom are either vegetarian and/or allergic to everything and/or otherwise completely impossible to please.
The Four Seasons
99 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022