Originally Posted by mafoofan
Bernardin is impeccable and I want to love it, but our last dinner there was sort of forgettable, to be completely honest. I hate to say it, but it was sort of boring.
Del Posto is okay, but if I want expensive Italian, I would go to Marea instead.
Never tried Jean Georges.
Blue Hill (in the city; never been out to Stone Barn) was fantastic. Went there with whnay. Everyone thought it was a phenomenal meal.
Marea is very, very good.
Lots of votes for Blue Hill. We may have to go there for our birthdays in January.
Has been several years since we went to Le Bernardin (2009, I believe). The thing that sticks out to me most there was that we got the best wine service we have had anywhere. We made much less money then and had to save up, and our wine budget was quite small--$100 or less if I recall. Despite this, the sommelier (Aldo Sohm himself, not some lackey) took the time to listen to what we liked in wines, ask what we'd ordered, made some suggestions, and after we'd picked, stopped by to check in, make sure we liked the wine, tell us a bit more about it, etc. Was quite impressed, particularly given our small-timer status. This is something you'd hope you'd get anywhere, but has sadly not been true. EMP was particularly egregious about this, unfortunately, even though we spent much more on wine there.