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Choosing between restaurants… (Michelin)

quickquestion | Jun 17, 201502:05 PM

So I'm going to NYC as part of a big (very generous) gift, and I have the great privilege of eating at some fancy restaurants. However, I'm having some trouble making a choice given a limited budget.

I'm no stranger to Michelin starred restaurants (especially in SF), so I get how they usually work. In NYC, I've been to EMP, Aquavit, and ~wd50. While I wouldn't mind a repeat of EMP, I want to do something new.

Right now, I have three places I'm set on: Per Se, Le Bernardin, and Momofuku Ko. I already have reservations at Per Se, and I'll try to nab LB and MK when they become available.

I have room in the budget for just one more restaurant, meaning a ~$200 tasting menu/person, not including tip, tax, and drinks. I'm trying to decide between:

1) Jean Georges
2) Blue Hill at Stone Barns
3) Chef's Table
4) Blanca
5) Jungsik

My main interest is in the first two. While Blue Hill sounds really awesome (I love vegetable-centric tasting menus), it doesn't have the "security" of the three star Michelin rating of Jean Georges. That is, given all of the information I have, it would be a safer bet to choose Jean Georges--which is also slightly cheaper. However, I also don't want to be "overwhelmed" by French food (Jean Georges + Per Se + Le Bernardin).

So I'm curious what you all have to say about this list, particularly JG vs. BH. Alternatively, if there are any other 2 or 1 star standouts that I'm missing out on, please let me know. Thanks!

Aquavit,
Per Se,
Le Bernardin,
Momofuku Ko,
Jean-Georges,
Blue Hill,
Blue Hill At Stone Barns,
Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture,
Jungsik,
Momofuku Ssäm Bar,
Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare
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