Of all of the "splurge" worthy dining I have done in NYC, the one that I would most like to return to is Chef's Table. Soup to nuts outstanding. And despite reports to the contrary, I found Chef Ramirez to be gracious and charming. Coming in a close second would be Jungsik and Nakazawa. I liked the "new" Ko, but preferred the old location and more abbreviated menu a bite more - still a strong recommendation. Atera under Chef Lightner was otherworldly, but can't speak to his successor. I've had lunches at Per Se, EMP, Le Bernardin, Jean Georges, and Del Posto. Lunch at Le Bernardin, Jean Georges, and Del Posto. are a relative "bargain" compared to the dinner menu prices, but they are also a lot --help me find a better word that "stuffier"-- than some of the other options. I would not return to Per Se. Way too rigid and not that tasty and hard to believe it is cut from the same cloth at French Laundry. Enjoy Blue Hill at Stone Barns. I went in the dead of winter and I'm still floored how they made all those root vegetables so delicious!