My friends are coming into town for a NYC eating vacation on Labor Day weekend. They are staying in Murray Hill.
This time it's out of pocket though they are used to expense account places in Chicago such as Moto and David Burke's Primehouse. The primary criteria are 1) it's good (actually very good to superlative) and 2) it's a New York experience - no steakhouses or Mexican. I would like them to be really amazed and not just at the bill at Per Se. I'm also trying to stay away from the tourist or tourbook cliches such as Babbo.
So far, here's the plan:
Thursday Dinner: Babbo at 5:45
Friday Lunch: TBD
Friday Dinner: Gramercy Tavern? The Modern?
Saturday Lunch: Tabla Bread Bar?
Saturday Dinner: Per Se at 6pm
Sunday Lunch: Patsy's/Grimaldi's or Nolita/LES walking tour
Sunday Dinner: Blue Hill (Village)at 8pm
Monday Lunch: Shake Shack or Fleur De Sel?
The dinners will be expensive so I'm hoping for some really good lunch spots.
I know that Babbo is a bit cliche but all the restaurant managers and bartenders tell me it's great regardless. A bunch of the other restaurants are like that. However, Blue Hill should be a good NY experience. Chefs have recommended Peasant or August.
The walking tour might include Ciao Bella gelato or Laboratorio di Gelato, Di Paola's cheese shop, Bar Jamon, etc.