So I have a reservation for next Wednesday at Providence to celebrate my 30th birthday with my parents and brother. Which is nice because my father will paying and he doesn't mind spending on a fantastic meal. And he's a wine guy, so we're covered there. My question is not whether to do a tasting menu or not (that's a given, since it's a special occasion) but which one to do? The 5 course doesn't seem to be enough, so I was thinking the 9 course...but then going all out for the Chef's Tasting menu is tempting. I was wondering just exactly how much food that is and how long it takes? Also, there are some dishes described on reviews here that sound amazing- can you request anything in particular? Our res is currently for 8, but I might move it up a bit...please let me know your thoughts!
(There is also the temptation to say it's a big birthday, let's do Urasawa, but after a big party Saturday night, I might get some dirty looks)