We live in Westchester and have a 3 year old, so our days of eating regularly in Manhattan restaurants are a fond memory. But lucky us, we'll be dropping our son with his grandparents in Queens and coming into the city for our anniversary. Lunch! Walking around! Maybe a show! Dinner!!!!!! Hotel! Sleeping until we wake up (possibly the best part)! Brunch!
The current project is our anniversary dinner. USC and Vong have long been favorites of ours for special occasions, but we want to try something new. (Also, I'm chagrined to see that people on the board don't seem enthused about these places. I wonder if our standards are very different or they've gone down hill a bit.) Anyway, we're not looking for very dressy, formal, so not Daniel or Bouley or something like that. We can actually get good French bistro in Westchester, so it's not totally out of the running, but we'd be interested in other stuff. We can't get decent Thai or Vietnamese out here, so something like that would be great, but it's got to be Manhattan. I'm not schlepping back to Queens for Sriwhosiwhatamacallit. Not Japanese or steak. Romantic is nice, but just getting a leisurely dinner for 2 at a special restaurant will be great, so quiet enough to manage a conversation is important, but it doesn't technically have to be romantic. We're going for delicious, nice service and comfortable in atmosphere and chairs (I hate when restaurants have uncomfortable chairs and half my brain is occupied with how soon I can get up and out of there.)
My list so far, based on the board and restaurant websites:
Balthazar (we've never been)
Blue Hill (we when to Stone Barns this past spring - it was wonderful - would this be an interesting comparison? not quite as fabulous? too similar?)
Felidia (been on our "to try" list for a long time)
Rain?????(someone somewhere seemed to think it was fabulous and we'd love the Asian, but I think of it as one of the 97 places named after serious rainstorms that we used to go to in the '90's. We always liked it, but I don't think of it as a special occasion place. Has something changed?)
Red Cat (bit concerned about somewhat inconsistent reviews here)
Any thoughts? Places we should consider? Anything that doesn't meet our requirements?