Hello fellow Chowhounders! In late June, DH and I are celebrating our 10th anniversary with a weekend in NYC without the kids. I have started to map out some plans, but could really use some advice. First, about us: in our mid-40's, adventurous eaters of all cuisines, fairly casual and tend to be somewhat intimidated by fine dining. Also, DH prefers not to wear a jacket, though will if absolutely necessary. Last time in NYC with kids, we ate at Katz's and Szechuan Gourmet. Have also really enjoyed Babbo. We will drive up from Philly on a Friday morning, probably be staying somewhere in midtown, TBD. So here's what I have so far:
Friday lunch: an uncle wants to take us out. He suggested Bouley, I countered with Eleven Madison Park or Jean Georges. Am I right? Other suggestions along those lines?
Friday dinner: Not sure yet. Maybe something funky and ethnic? We might end up in the theatre district and I'd probably pick Marseille (had a great solo meal there in Jan.) or DB Bistro Moderne. I was also thinking Casa Mono, which I've been wanting to try. Other ideas?
Sat. lunch: probably spend the morning at MOMA and then have lunch at the Bar Room at the Modern.
Sat. dinner: this is the anniversary meal. I was angling for Per Se, but it stretches our budget and DH isn't really into that kind of meal. He wants Esca, which I know isn't popular on this board, but a friend recently raved about it and the menu really appeals to DH (plus he doesn't need a jacket there, right?).
Sunday: maybe an LES extravaganze at Katz and Russ & Daughter, though were were there not that long ago. We might end up UES at the Met Museum, any good ideas near there? Any not to miss brunches in the city?
So many choices, so little time. I'd appreciate any feedback, filling in the blanks, anything we really shouldn't miss, etc.