Here's the deal: I'm taking my parents out. I'm willing to spend a lot but can't afford Alain Ducasse. I want them to have a tasting dinner, so it should have a great one. I want decent, unsnobby service, since we're not hip or famous, fancy folk. I want it to be good but not flaunting creativity (no octopus with licorice reduction) but just really, really special.
I had a tasting dinner at Gramercy Tavern in the fall, and really enjoyed it. Good service, good food. I haven't been to Bouley since the old pre-Bouley bakery, Bouley days. I loved it. Is the new one great?
I'd been thinking Jean Georges but was concerned after I did a search here last night. Some people seemed to love it, but there were some strong negative posts regarding service and even food. I read that the front room isn't as good, so I'd certainly wait until I could get something in the back room. I also read some mixed comments on Daniel. I don't think I'll go for Le Bernadin, since I don't just want seafood.
Here's what I hate -- spending what is, for me, a large amount of money and feeling like we're not being treated well. That would make me nuts.
So, with that information, does anybody have any feedback? Thanks.