Hey all my mother's 50th birthday is coming up in a few weeks and I really want to treat her to an amazing meal and experience. I have booked Del Posto but am rethinking it since I don't know if it is great bang for the buck. Money really is no issue but I don't want to plop down 500 bucks on a dinner I don't absolutely LOVE. My mother loved Babbo as did my entire family, so I figured Del Posto would be a great choice and you get that added atmosphere. However, from what I have seen and read it looks like paltry portion sizes and they recently took the ribeye for two off the menu that I was dying to try after seeing it at Babbo.
Other restaurants that get tons of press that I am considering are Daniel (mainly because I think it looks like one of the most beautiful restaurants in the city), Gotham Bar and Grill, Cafe Boulud, and Felidia (she loves Italian and Lidia in particular, however wasn't too impressed with the menu).
For Daniel- Do they offer specials or do you have to choose from the prix fixe menu for $105pp? How does the food stackup and are the portions decent for what you pay? I know Gayot gave it a 19/20 rating. Seems like one of those "you have to try it at least once in your lifetime" experiences.
Would love thoughts about the other places as well. Should I just keep my Del Posto reservation??
Out of these which would be the best based on food, atmosphere, bang for your buck, and really overall experience? Any other recommendations are welcome as well but I am really concentrating on these.