We are coming to New York for my birthday in October. Uncharacteristically, I am having a lot of trouble deciding where to eat for my main celebratory meal. I have narrowed it down to four choices, all seem fairly different. (And EMP is not on the list because we've eaten there already.) We really like any food done well, and all my choices seem to have something to recommend them highly. My favorite meals of all time are at places where, regardless of formality, the staff makes you feel at home.
My choices are:
The Modern (nice menu in a lovely setting)
Le Bernardin (The classic. I have eaten at Blue, Eric Ripert's restaurant in Grand Cayman, and liked it a lot. I noticed at least a couple of the dishes are the same at Le Bernardin. I've read the service can be stuffy - true? Formal is okay, stuffy not so much for me. This would probably be my first choice typically, but I can't shake the feeling I'm missing out on some other wonderful meal, for no real reason.)
NoMad (the chicken for two looks amazing)
Jungsik (I'm intrigued by the whole menu)
Which one would you choose? We also have a pre-theater meal we can squeeze in the following evening, if that helps. Thanks so much.