This is my frist CH post, but for background, my gf and I live in Los Angeles and we love good food. We love places like Mozza and Providence and had a great meal at Jose Andres' chef's tasting room (SAAM at the Bazaar). She has eaten at Alinea (her brother used to work there) and we are pretty much up for anything. We like to get a tasting menu
We are coming to NYC for a premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival and will have one night that we can go out to dinner. I have started researching a bunch of places but NYC is overwhelming in it's options. We originally thought WD-50 would be the choice, as I have wanted to dine there since first seeing WD on Top Chef years ago. I like molecular gastronomy and modernist cuisine and he seemed to be one of the standard bearers of it. After doing some reading and also talking to her chef brother, it seems that may not be the choice.
As we live in LA, I'm not as into the formal dining scene because we don't really have one. I wouldnt be completely opposed to a place where I have to put on a jacket and shoes other than my chucks, but I am more comfortable in a more casual setting. Budget is a consideration, but we are considering places in the Per Se range because, well, we love fine dining
Here are my questions: Does EMP require a coat/dress shoes? Is it really that hard to get a reservation at momofuku ko? We are definitely hitting momofuku noodle bar for lunch, so should we try something outside of momo for our dinner? Is Per Se really the be all/end all and should we just go for it? Or is there an upstart such as Acme that we should try?
Sorry for the long post and many questions, but since we only have one night to dine, we want it to be awesome (and I know there are plenty of places that it would be). Thanks in advance for your help!