Hi. Coming to NY for the first time early May for 18 nights. Am very keen to dine in a wide range of places including Eleven Madison (for the 20th wedding anniversary). Question - for places like that how does one (please share your secrets with me) get a table? Using open table looks to be impossible - even once one is in the 28 day period. Now I'm not in 28 days yet - but looking 28 days out (to the hour) just to see and it looks hopeless.
Also, reading this forum (and also a fantastic foodie book by some Aussie chefs who visit NY to eat) means that the choices are killing me. It all sounds soooooo good. I loved San Francisco for food but it looks like 18 days (and nights) in NY is going to blow my palate and my bank balance away. My wife and I are trying to drop 5+ kgs each so we can put in back on when we visit. Believe it (or not) I'm thinking about doing a spreadsheet (or mind map) to ensure the right places, mix of places and yet also allow for some spontaneity - though I hear that no bookings can lead to starvation.
Finally for now, thank you all for the time and input you out into this site - so many people are so generous with their ideas etc. couldn't believe how someone replied to me and it must have taken over half an hour to write their reply. You also get me slobbering (like my dogs) which is not such an attractive thing.