I'm taking my boyfriend to NYC in May (we will be returning from a three week trip through Spain where he is from). We both love, love, love to try new places and new food. I have been to most of the restaurants in NYC that receive a lot of praise on this board but haven't been to Manhattan in almost 4 years. I'm hoping you all can make some recommendations for a new place for me to try and then help me narrow done where to take him!
We will be there for a week but we are on somewhat of a budget, especially since this will be our fourth consecutive week of travel. I'm hoping to do 3 "nice" dinners at a budget of no more than $70-80 a person (not including drinks). I love Degustation and I'm hoping it's still as good as it was when I used to go. Can anyone vouch for that? I would also like to take him to a Batali restaurant, what is the lower end one near union square called? Any recommendations for that one?
I am also looking for lunch recommendations throughout the city. We are very adventurous and are willing to travel throughout the Burroughs. We are originally from Phoenix and while the gastronomic culture here is getting better it is nothing compared to NYC. I am particularly looking for recommendations for:
Best Food Truck Cart
Best place for lunch near the Park where will be spending an entire day.
Also keep in mind that our accommodations are on the UES but like I said, we can travel to wherever! Thanks so much!