While my girlfriend and I have eaten at many of New York's "best" mid-tier restaurants, we are still young and (hopefully) working our way up to being able to afford the upper-echelon restaurants that the city has to offer. In the near future, the two of us plan on going out to celebrate a recent special occasion and want to try a restaurant that is somewhere above (in price) the restaurants we love and frequent (Balthazar, Breslin, Locanda Verde, Casa Mono) and those that we certainly cannot afford (Per Se, etc).
Two restaurants that have caught my eye are Tocqueville and Modern Bar Room. I am interested in opinions choosing among these two, or similarly priced restaurants that you'd choose ahead of those two.
Because price is often (necessarily) asked, I'd say we're looking to spend around $150 (can be a little higher, but definitely under $200) before tax and tip, without drinks.
In advance, I appreciate your thoughts, advice, and feedback.