Hello! We are two food lovers heading to Manhattan from DC for an impromptu birthday celebration. Restaurants that appear to have availability are:
Fleur de Sel, Centovini, David Burke & Donatella, Dona, Cafe Gray, Wallse, and a very late opening at Blue Hill. Or, walk-in at Lupa?
I'm looking for something that - although not the best restaurant in the city - will really make us feel like we're celebrating something special, unique. It's not just food but ambiance. I'm tempted to head to Lupa since I hear great things and just want a great dinner where my love and I can celebrate the coming year. I know Babbo is supposed to be stellar but no availability of course plus VERY mixed reviews. Later that night we're celebrating with friends but wanted somewhere wonderful and unique and celebratory for just us. "expensive" is OK but not necessarily Per Se level expensive. We're both from San Francisco, love great food, good service, good wine, not necessarily the hottest scene. Setting, food and the spirit of a place are the most important - and oh yes, if possible, a great view with which to observe the horizon of the decades ahead!
THANK YOU for your HELP!