i am not sure what you call this syndrome, but i have been lucky enough since the high-tech boom to dine out at 5-star restaurants in NYC and other cities. i live in NYC so i dine a lot in NYC restaurants, i frequent restaurants such Jean Georges, Daniel, Bouley, Babbo, Le Bernadin, Luger, Gramercy Tavern, Union Pacific, Yasuda, and many others, only been to Ducassee once, you get the idea here.
the problem is most of time, it's very hard for me to appreciate places like Town, AZ, Anissa, Ouest, Blue Hill, Oceana, and other similar restaurants. they're very good, but not quite on par with the best, so most of the time I always feel disappointed and blame myself for not sticking with the best.
i guess i set my expectation too high for this very good (but not the best) restaurants, and as a result, i always end up feeling disappointed and guilty.
have anyone else encountered this type of problems ? especially here in nyc. i mean i simply just cannot enjoy those 3-star or 4-star restaurants because i keep comparing them to Jean Georges and similar restaurants. please share your experience! is there a way to overcome this ?