Time to take that sportcoat out for a spin. Our top 5 fine dining destinations never cease to please.
Monsieur Vongerichten's internationally recognized namesake and crown jewel of his restaurant empire offers the quintessential fine dining experience in the heart of Manhattan. The seasonally-driven menu showcases French, American, and Asian influences in a refreshingly intimate dining setting not complete without floor-to-ceiling windows for a jaw-dropping view of the park below. Jean-Georges makes it easy to play favorites.
2. Le Bernardin
Eric Ripert's fine dining destination is arguably among the most sought-after reservations in town. Acclaimed for its refined textures and flavors, this Paris import seeks out the freshest ingredients to enrich and exalt the shining star of its menu: the seafood. This one's not to be missed. Finish off the night with one of our favorite desserts, the dark milk chocolate, a silky stunner composed of milk chocolate mousse, dark caramel, candied peanuts, and warm melted caramel.
3. Per Se
Thomas Keller’s ultra-luxe hotspot offers a signature nine-course tasting menu (and nine-course vegetable tasting menu for the vegetarian crowd) incorporating authentic French technique and the finest quality ingredients. Per Se is an affiliate of French–based Relais & Chateaux, Relais Gourmands, and Traditions & Qualité organizations, a collective of industry leaders known for setting the international culinary and hospitality standards, so Keller's devotion to excellence comes as no surprise. Upon settling on a selection from the 2,000 bottle list, tackling the carefully curated menu is a breeze.
4. Eleven Madison Park
Mad scientist and award-winning Chef Daniel Humm brings his inventive concepts and technique to Flatiron's most sought-after dining destination, a tightly run ship of the industry's finest. The 15-course prix fixe draw new and incumbent guests to the reservation queue, a mind-blowing experience worth the wait.
Chef Boulud is known to be personally invested in each dish that leaves his kitchen; after all, the establishment bears his name. One of the few restaurants in Manhattan to earn the coveted two Michelin star accolade, Daniel lives up to its name time and time again. This Upper East Side mainstay brings casual elegance to a whole new level.