I am taking my boyfriend out to dinner for his birthday next week and he's left it up to me to choose the restaurant- usually he makes these decisions! My initial thoughts were to take him somewhere he's never been (he loves trying new places) and to take him to a steakhouse (he loves steak but typically doesn't suggest steakhouses because I'm not a steak eater.)
After searching on the boards here and asking around, I had decided on Grill 23 and made a reservation there, but then found out that he has actually been there before (though not recently) so I was having second thoughts.
He's been talking about trying Sorrelina quite a bit, and I've heard good things too. My only concern is that he had planned to take me to Sorrelina for a different occasion a couple of months ago, but waited too long to make a reservation, so I feel like it's stealing his idea rather than thinking of somewhere new! And, it's not a steakhouse which was my original idea.
So.. now I'm stuck between Grill 23 or Sorrelina. I have reservations at both and am trying to decide if it's better to do a steakhouse he's been to before, or a place he hasn't been but won't be a great surprise either. I'm looking for input on which will be an overall better experience-- food, atmosphere, etc. I'd also welcome a few more suggestions though I'm running out of time to make a new reservation. I'd considered Mooo or Bonfire (two steakhouses I know he's never been to)...
Also, it would be helpful if you have any suggested dishes to try at these places, and suggestions for a pre-dinner drink.
Thanks so much!