I'm a new poster here although I've been reading the boards for a while. I was hoping you could help me out with choosing a restaurant.
I'm a senior at Vassar College, only a short train ride from the city. I was thinking about getting a group of friends together to go down with me, sometime during the upcoming semester, for a great dinner. There is no specific occasion, really, but I think it would be awesome, as budding foodies, to treat ourselves to a nice meal. My thought process thus far has been as follows:
I would very much prefer a restaurant with a tasting menu, which I have never experienced, but a multiple course prix-fixe would also work. I would also really like for us to be compelled, if not required to dress formally for this meal (something we don't do very often, being in college). At the very least, I don't want to feel uncomfortably overdressed in a suit at whatever place we choose, although if it comes down to it I am willing to give up on the dress code. I've been doing some research on here and other sites and a few names keep coming up for their tasting menus. Right now I'm considering wd-50, Babbo, Del Posto, and Le Bernardin, but of course I'm looking for more suggestions. The type of food does not really matter to me, I'm willing to eat anything, as long as it's delicious. Price should not be a deciding factor (although the $275 tasting at Per Se BEFORE wine has led me to rule that one out). That being said, this could be a big splurge so it really must be worth it, and I'm not exactly TRYING to spend that much money, so less expensive alternatives are welcome. We will be drinking wine, I'm sure, so I'm wondering if the pairings are worth the extra cost. One thing I'm worried about, choosing from such places, is eating somewhere where we will feel very out of place, being students, so I suppose we should pick a restaurant that does not have a "stuffy" or "old" atmosphere.
I've never been to a restaurant that is Michelin rated or of similar caliber, and I don't foresee being able to afford it anytime soon after college, so I want to make this an experience that myself and my friends will really enjoy. Any suggestions for new restaurants, or comments about the ones I mentioned, would be greatly appreciated.
And sorry this post is so long.
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