My sister is getting married in New York City in January. Since she and her soon-to-be-husband live in a bitsy studio in Midtown, my husband and I don't want to buy them any "stuff" as a wedding gift. Instead of dishes/towels/silverware, I'd like for us to treat them to dinner at an amazingly fancy place that none of us would ever dream of spending that much money on normally. The kind of epic dinner that you can talk about for the next 20 years.
We are prepared to spend $1000-$1500 for the four of us, including tax and tip. If that amount of money will not buy the experience we want, we are financially ok to go higher, but are hoping we can find something suitably amazing for what we consider reasonable. I am leaning toward a prix fixe with many courses and wine pairings, to minimize the thought process involved and to allow for the chef to take us out of our comfort zones.
I have been to NYC once, and my husband never, so we need help. Based on general knowledge and some previous questions
, we know to consider Per Se, Le Bernardin, Daniel, and Eleven Madison Park. Even if we kept it to those four (which I don't necessarily want to do, in case there is something great that we haven't heard about here in flyover country), how do we decide among them? What else do we not know about? How soon can we (or maybe, how soon do we need to) make reservations?
We are all four of us in our late 20s to early 30s and have no food restrictions. My husband can be somewhat wussy about spicy food, but that should not rule out any suggestions you may have. He can suck it up :)