Originally Posted by Eustace
Here's what I was thinking tentatively:
Friday lunch: Katz's
Friday dinner: Ssam Bar
Saturday lunch: Gaia
Saturday dinner: Le Bernadin
Sunday lunch: Grimaldi's
Sunday dinner: Awash (wife wants Ethiopian one night)
Is Le Bernadin worth it? Any place you would go instead? Anyone know a better Ethiopian place?
Katz's is a tourist trap mostly - I'd probably skip it
Ssam bar - I find Chang's cooking over the top without any subtlety whatsoever - but probably worth it once
Gaia - no opinion
Le Bernadin - sure.
Grimaldis - Heresy I know, but I like Lombardi's better personally.
Awash - no opinion.
As for Blue Hill, it is completely dependent on season, and I think California does the local food thing better anyway. I always like Il Buco on Bond street. Or depending on where you are from, you could try one of the higher end, more foreign restaurants which are pretty rare in the US - Jung Sik, Hakkasan, Tamarind, etc. If you are willing to venture out to North Brooklyn, Isa is pretty good as is Dressler. In Park Slope, Beer Table is fun as is the Bagel Hole for a real bagel (unlike pretty much every crappy bagel place left in Manhattan).