I'm trying to decide where to take my girlfriend for Valentine's Day. Due to work schedules, we're not going to formally celebrate on the 14th, but either the weekend before or weekend after.
Anyways, I currently have reservations of Momofuku Ko and wd~50. Valentine's Day is a holiday that I always seem to mess up (I won't go into my blunders, but I'm sure a lot of guys can relate), so I'd definitely appreciate some input, even if people have other suggestions.
Part of my problem in selecting a restaurant is that I'm a bit of a food snob. My father lived in Italy for five years while he attended veterinary school and learned to cook from his grandmother in Rome and hence his cooking is amazing! We also have some other very talented Neapolitan and Sicilian cooks in the family. So, I tend to expect a lot when I eat out at nice places but lately, I have been struggling to find food that is just not good, but exceptional. I want to be excited by what I'm eating. I look over menus of restaurants and while I don't doubt the food is good, how many different ways can sea scallops, filet, chicken or salmon be prepared? To give an example, I thought Bar Masa was just ehh, uninspiring, overhyped and overrated. I thought Eleven Madison Park was the tops, but I can only afford places like EMP (or Ko) on special occasions.
I also tend to make reservations but then end up worrying that what I booked won't be good enough and end up canceling my reservation, ex SHO and Bar Room at the Modern, tho after eating at SHO for Restaurant Week, I can't say that I regret canceling the original reservation back when.
Regarding Ko, I'm wondering if maybe the 10 courses would leave us so so stuffed? Is the loud music that plays at lunch also playing at dinner? With wd~50, there seem to be a lot of reviews where people either loved it or hated it. I don't want to bomb out again this year. Last year, I took her to Zenkichi which was decent, but looking back, was too far of a haul for what it was.
Ok, so I have some issues. I clearly accept that. Please help me :)