I've worked in fine dining NYC restaurants for 15 years, so I'm a foodie, but like most industry folk am more "wow'ed" by rusticity, simplicity and honesty in a restaurant rather than a high end dining experience. I've done a fair bit of research and have reservations at Patois, Cochon and lunch at Commander's Palace.
Here's my question: Are the "fancier" places (Antoines, Galatoires, Commander's) worth the price and effort, or are they institutions resting on their reputations of days gone by?
Also, Friday lunch: I have a rez on the 2nd floor of Galatoires---is this as good as the no-rez first floor? If we go, I want the real deal. I've also read August is good for Friday lunch.
I also made note of Brigtsens, Lillete, Luke for breakfast, Parkway, Central Grocery and Jaques Imos.
To give you a hint of my faves in New York, I like il Buco, Balthazar, Raouls etc.
Any help you can offer is appreciated!
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