My husband I have grand plans for a long weekend of eating next month. I am a vegetarian, he is not. We love to eat but don't get the opportunity to indulge as often as we would like, so we are concentrating several dining experiences in one long weekend in celebration of our anniversary. We put together a set of reservations around town after giving up after a months long unsuccessful wait for a table at Basement Bistro upstate and planning a weekend trip around that.
In any event, nearly all reservations are made for this close-to-home celebration, but I am wondering whether to switch things up. Love tasting menus, but they are not required. We are not big drinkers. I can't get through wine pairings with a tasting menu, but might have a glass of wine or two with dinner, or a cocktail at the start of the meal. We are eating at Scarpetta this week and did the Modern a few weeks back, so I don't want to repeat those. We are not interested in per se or Jean Georges this time around. Well, I am always interested in per se, but I am trying to keep costs slightly less extravagant than per se level. We really enjoyed Blue Hill at Stone Barns, but it looks like the menu approach is a bit different at the city location and I'm not sure it is as vegetarian-friendly as Stone Barns. Del Posto might have been a good choice but doesn't seem to have availability. I am a bit afraid of EMP since the menu change went into effect.
For now, we are reserved at:
La Grenouille (never realized they had a separate vegetarian menu! And I adore soufflé.)
I am also waiting to hear back about the chef's counter at Kajitsu, but I think we should be able to secure that one. I am kind of concerned after reading some reviews of Kajitsu that described courses as bland. It sounds like a unique experience, but I can't place unique above deliciousness. Feel free to convince me that Kajitsu is tasty in addition to unique! It looks so lovely.
Any suggestions for places to swap out? Thanks so much in advance for any comments on our dining choices.
42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003
75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011
1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023
85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011
3 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022
355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014
414 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009