Thanks to the people on this board for all the advice leading up to a brief trip to NYC last week. I am happy to see that the state of fine dining is still alive and well in New York (it's clinging by a thread here in Boston). We like small plates and funky approaches as much as the next person but sometimes we like the down and out luxe experience (especially at lunch) and all three of our lunch places delivered.
It was interesting. Bouley is 5 courses for $55, Del Posto is 3 courses for $49 and Kreuther is 2 courses for $52. If you value the AMOUNT of food you get Bouley would have been the clear winner (and I actually saw a table where EACH person requested all ten breads at once from the Chariot de Pain at Bouley). After eating at the three side-by-side, however, we gave the real edge to Gabriel Kreuther. It was one of the most enjoyable meals we have had in a long time.
Annisa was sadly disappointing for us. The evening, however, was saved by Slowly Shirley which was recommended on this board and which we loved (and which was a close walk from Annisa).
We usually stay at the Union Square W when we are in town but this trip we stayed at the St. Regis and the breakfast prices!!! We had to go because they allegedly invented the Bloody Mary (Red Snapper) but we will not be doing that again. The Ole King Cole drink prices ($30 vodka martini) are also a bit steep.
My first full write up with photos is of our lunch at Bouley. We go way back with this restaurant but haven't been in years. I don't know if you guys remember how hard it rained last Tuesday but we bore the brunt of it trying to get to lunch. Here is the full write up: http://www.pearlsandoysters.com/2016/...