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Surprise trip for husbands 40th

Gelato_in_Roma | Jan 27, 201209:24 AM

Hi everyone!
I thought I could do this on my own this time, but I can't. I'm once again overwhelmed and need your help.

I'm surprising my husband with a trip to NYC (his first) for his 40th in April. I've already booked the Andaz Wall Street. I'm not concerned with distances to restaurants. We are coming from Chicago, getting in around lunch time on Friday and leaving Sunday afternoon. His birthday is on Saturday. Even though we aren't big eaters, I have a tendency to over plan meals. With a goldfish mentality, we can easily over eat and feel crappy the rest of the day.

Friday afternoon, I was thinking we go to MOMA and then going to the Bar Room afterwards.

When I was in NYC last summer with my sister, we went to WD-50 and had a good time. My husband loves the whole molecular gastronomy movement so I thought about taking him there. However, reading all your amazing reviews and looking at your pictures, I was thinking of trying to get reservations at EMP for his birthday lunch or dinner. I also keep coming across posts about Junsik which looks amazing. Looks like I can get a reservation there for Saturday evening.
Since we are light eaters, I was planning we do one big meal on Saturday, either lunch or dinner. Can't squeeze in both without popping a couple buttons.

We enjoy big flavors, unpretentious ambiance, and less formal is better. At the same time, I'd like to choose something he will remember forever. Something he'll be blown away by. I know what I am asking is subjective. I've just been going in circles this last week and don't know my head from my... well, you know. So, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

I also want to try to squeeze in a visit to Shake Shack, Donut Plant, and Spot, Chickalicious, or Milk Bar... you know, for dessert.

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