The plans are still in formation but several of us will attend a NYC Ballet performance in June. Regardless of whether we go for a matinee or evening performance, we will be dining early. If it's an evening performance we will need to be sure to have a place close by (one elderly person who walks slowly). If it's a matinee we can, and will, indulge in a nice leisurely pace.
I know the area pretty well but am drawing a blank on good ideas. There will be four of us. 'Cesca could actually work well but I've just been there a few times of late and I guess wouldn't mind going elsewhere. That said, if it's the best choice I would gladly return.
Picholine is a possiblity. The high price doesn't automatically rule it out but it would be nice to keep the dinner tab all-in (drinks, tax, tip - everything) to $100 per person. We won't run up a huge bar bill so just assume maybe a $50 or so bottle of wine for the table and at most an additional cocktail per person. I guess Picholine would run closer to $150, or more, per person.
Compass gets recommended a fair amount on the Board. I haven't been for years but I only thought it was okay on prior visits. I know it's a new chef, etc. but I'm just kind of disinclined at this point.
I'm on the fence about Telepan. I enjoyed my visit, but am hesitant about whether it's the right place for this occasion (maybe not traditional enough, both in atmosphere and food?). If Ouest were closer and didn't have so many flies in the dining room I would consider it more seriously.
Pretty open to most foods except for Asian (though toying with Shun Lee West, although some bad posts worry me). Tables should be well-spaced to allow for easy conversation and I'm looking for a more "grown-up" atmosphere.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions!