Hi again CH!
Last October, you were all very helpful and I ended up taking my girlfriend to Eleven Madison Park for her birthday, an experience which stands as the best meal of my life. Now, my birthday is coming up in March and that means reservation calendars are opening up soon. My short list is:
* Back to Eleven Madison Park (had the tasting in October, am really really really interested in having the duck on a 4-course)
* Jean-Georges (have never been)
* Momofuku Ko (have never been, but will have to try for reservations after making another due to calendars)
* The Modern Dining Room (have only been for lunch).
I'm also completely open to suggestions. I'm not a big fan of Italian food (although I just had a divine meal at Marea for Valentine's day), so I didn't consider Italian places. I'd like to keep it in this price range - I haven't done Per Se, but will save that for maybe our anniversary this summer.
EDIT to add: I've also considered a J-G lunch and an EMP dinner (spread over a weekend) if I want to get decadent...