After much research, and seeing how many wonderful places this city contains, I'm in a pickle.
I'm surprising my fiance with a trip to NYC in June for his bday and want to plan one special dinner to celebrate.
The issue: I'm a foodie, he's as picky as they come. No seafood, not a fan of veggies, his idea of ethnic cuisine is Italian or Chinese food, etc.
I lived in the city back in the sumer of 2000 so I was able to have some memorable meals at Le Cirque, Gotham Bar & Grill, Oceana, and others. I would like to have the experience of Babbo, Jean Georges or EMP on this trip, but they're just not for him and I think I'd be selfish to select a place in that vein when it's his bday.
I'd like to stay around $150pp with wine. We're midwesterners and steak is something we can easily get here, so I'd rather not do a steak house.
Location doesn't matter - I'm most familiar with the Village but willing to go to any area of Manhattan.
What about A Voce or Prune? Any recommendations are greatly appreciated.