I have been lurking for years and have spent many hours trying to find the right place. I'm finally admitting I need some help.
My husband and I will be celebrating 25 years together with a visit the last week of July. He also owes me a foodie birthday dinner. I prefer WV, Soho, LES, EV areas, but am willing to branch out if need be for the perfect spot. He won't be packing a suit, and I doubt even a sport coat.
Food is my thing, I love to eat it and prepare it (yes, I love to watch Top Chef, especially the Masters). To him, it is sustenance, but he has been known to enjoy the finer things.
Price range: $300-ish for 2 with wine. Could possibly inch that a bit higher (he has owed me this dinner for 2 years and I do have yet another birthday between now and then I could use for leverage)
Me: Cucumbers, oysters, watermelon, beer
Him: Anything too adventurous (thinks I'm crazy eating sweet breads), spicy cuisines (Indian, Ethiopian for example), tomato based sauces
Me: Tasting menus with wine pairings (but not all seafood), champagne/sparkling wine, fried chicken, potato salad (anything Southern/Midwestern)
Him: Steak with a good Cabernet, oysters, seafood pasta, corned beef, matzo ball soup, foie gras
Would like to avoid Sushi, Mexican, Thai, Vietnamese (we live in Southern California).We rarely order desert, but if we do it's usually dark chocolate, berries, or something lemon. Neither of us drink coffee, but some good tea would be nice at the end of the meal.
I have already been to Babbo which I enjoyed, but want something different. We love a place here called Watermarc Grill that has small plates and wines by the 1/4 and half glass so would be open to something similar. Someplace romantic, a nice view, and/or outside dining would be nice, but not necessary.
I hope that helps to narrow things down...and isn't too picky
I am also looking for somewhere casual (jeans & T-shirt) to eat after a Wednesday night concert at MSG, possibly with a few friends.