Hey all, my two year stint in NYC is coming to an end. To celebrate my departure, I’m thinking I need to hit one of the better spots in the city. Where should I go? I’m going to Blue Hill at Stone Barns moderately soon, so looking for something other than that.
Not too interested in Per Se, nor any of the upscale French places.
My shortlist is Momofuku Ko, EMP, Aska, Agern, or that Empellon tasting menu spot. Any suggestions?
Atera for an extravaganza, followed closely by Ko.
If you want to do a ramen tasting menu then Yuji Ramen in Williamsburg is your answer.
For something totally different try Bohemian. Literally, try it. As in try to get in. But if you do, it’s well worth it. (I’d help you out but I’m already referring two other reservations. Sorry, I suck. I know.)
What are some of the better kaiseki places in town? Would rather do that rather than a straight omakase. I’m not the most interested in Le Coucou at the moment (did Spring and loved it but am looking for something a little different) but I’ll definitely consider del Posto and Betony. Bouley never struck my fancy!
@set0312, As I wrote in this post on my blog, betony’s final meal will be tomorrow’s New Year’s Eve celebration.
Those who remember me from CH know that Mr. RBI and I have been regulars at EMP for many years. So, no surprise that I would encourage you to go there. While they offer only a tasting, they now give you choices for several of the courses. For some people, one of the drawbacks is that you have to reserve on Tock (though easy to navigate) and pay in advance for the meal as well as the wine pairings if you choose go with that. If you prefer to order a bottle or by the glass or have a cocktail, you will received a bill for just that at the end of the meal. While I know you’re thinking of dinner, you might want to consider doing lunch which is served Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. It is exactly the same meal as in the evening, the space during the day is gorgeous, and it’s usually easier to get a reservation for lunch than for dinner.
Two other places you might want to consider where we dine regularly are The Modern Dining Room and Gabriel Kreuther. Both have superb cuisine, A+ service, and lovely ambiance. Also, both offer the option of doing either a 4-course prix-fixe or a tasting menu.
Wherever you decide to go, I hope you have a lovely time.