I've been a Chowhounder for many years now but have never had to post a new thread until now. I've been through all the existing threads on this subject but can't find what I'm looking for, so I'm hoping you can help.
My partner and I are travelling to the US from Sydney in late December and will be spending three nights in NYC arriving NYE. We're staying at the Library Hotel in Midtown but are keen to check out other areas, so don't let location restrict your thinking.
The first question is where to dine on NYE's night. I've been liaising with Concierge and he recommended Aureole, which by all accounts reviews very well. Their first sitting is extremely/too reasonable at $125pp but it's too early for us. The second sitting, on the other hand, is $395pp plus $150pp for wine pairing. The package includes entrance to their cocktail party, valued at $225 for those not dining, which is obviously the reason for the price hike. The problem is we're not fussed about the cocktail party, so I feel like I'm paying for something I don't want. The initial brief to Concierge was a restaurant with excellent food and wine but most importantly somewhere with a great atmosphere.
Other options I've been looking at for other nights but which we'd be open to for NYE's are The Breslin, Del Posto, Grammercy Tavern and the Spotted Pig. We're also keen to experience Daniel but at $625pp plus wine pairing at $220pp on NYE, I think we'll dine there another night.
I'm also intrigued by Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare and Per Se, if either were felt to be better than Daniel. My other half doesn't appreciate pretentious food e.g. Gilt was too limiting and fussy, so that's the only other watch out.
With most restaurants taking bookings only one month out, I'm keen to solve this challenge ASAP and get it locked away. And any other suggestions for brunch/lunch when we're there would be much appreciated, although I know there have been a few threads on this lately. The issue I'd we're limited by time, so only the top favourites please.
Thank you all in advance, I know you won't let me down.