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
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!