We're heading to NYC for our annual spring weekend and I'm already thinking about trying to choose the next great meal knowing I'll need a lot of lead time for reservations. Last year it was Eleven Madison Park which was sublime! We thought about returning but I'm not that excited about the new concept (yes, I've read all and every post!) plus we want to try somewhere we haven't been. In the last number of years we've tried Jean George (didn't love), Daniel (loved), Bouley (loved), and enjoyed more casual meals at Balthizar and Pigalle. Per Se is just too expensive at this point.
Clearly, we enjoy luxurious French influenced meals of impeccably prepared fairly rich food. Ambiance and service are important but food quality and great preparations are the top considerations. We don't generally go for huge multi-course tastings, usually choosing a 3 course prix-fixe when available. Excellent desserts are important to us.
We'll likely do a lunch on Friday and dinner on Saurday night. I'd love any and all feedback on our top choices as well as any other suggestions of places I missed that we should be considering. If it were you visiting NYC once in a year, what would you pick for lunch and dinner?
The Modern (which do you recommend, the dining room or "bar" and why?)
Gothom Bar and Grill
Babbo (for Italian food, this menu looks AMAZING and of course reviews are always stellar.)
Bouley (we haven't been in over 5 years and the lunch menu at $36 is pretty tempting)
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019
Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010
42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003
110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011
1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023
790 8th Ave, New York, NY 10019
3 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022