I know that I can find (and have found) much written about these restaurants, but some have new chefs, and I'm also interested in comparisons between them. So bear with me.
I've got a special occasion coming up, and am trying to pick a great spot - excellent food and a space that feels special (but not necessarily uncomfortably so or overdone). I'm not so interested in overly formal French at the moment, so I'll eliminate Daniel (where I recently visited), as well as Jean Georges and Le Bernardin.
My first thought at the moment is Eleven Madison Park, where I've been fairly recently and which wowed me completely, in terms of food and the total experience. Otherwise, I'm thinking of Corton, Craft or Craftsteak, Aureole (been there but not with Chris Lee at the helm), or Chanterelle.
Any thoughts between these places, or any place I'm missing?