I've been reading your board now for several months with great enthusiasm, and have gathered many many good options to try on our visit in early October. But while I feel confident that many of them - they are often listed on our board - are top dining destinations, I am uncertain whether these are what I am searching for. I would appreciate your input here on this.
Most of our memorable dining experiences are from chef/owner driven "smaller" places with food that warms our hearts; from our travels abroad in small villages to husband/wife/family teamed tables whose food is filled with soul. Most of them are not starred places or necessarily fancy - nothing wrong with these really, but for us they are easier to forget (while they were good, I have very little recollection of our meals at EMP or Le Bernadine for example, but I do recall to disturbing detail the meal I had 10 years ago in remote restaurant in Peru) then to be remembered. These are quite difficult to find in NYC where we are coming from. While the title specifies French cuisine, we are open to other options for one exceptional meal.
We are adventurous and willing diners. Would rather not set a budget limit here for that special place. We will have a car, so we would be happy to make that excursion as well.
Many thanks in advance. You can count on us to report back on our experience :)