And so ends the glorious trip of gluttony, elegance, and opulence.
If we take a look at the 2 and 3 star list again post trip:
Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare Daniel Eleven Madison Park Jean Georges Le Bernardin
- Per Se
- Momofuku Ko
I’d say I covered what I could fairly well. All said great food comes with great cost. Food alone for the 5 day run ran up a bill in the neighborhood of $3200 for one person. Mind you this excluded two lunches, which puts the average full day cost at around $800/head. Excessive? Some restaurants were definitely not worth the money; i.e. Jungsik, Oceana, and Marea. Jean Georges would probably be even more of a bargain if you forgo the wine pairings and just order the tasting menu sans pairing. Some places seem to be one and done kind of deal: Eleven Madison Park, Del Posto. And there are those who just completely blew my expectations out of the water and made me want to keep going back again and again: Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare and Daniel. Lastly, if money is not an issue Le Barnardin for lunch is just a superb all rounder.
My next splurge trip to NYC will most likely be a way’s off in the future and hopefully I’ll be able to have a taste of Masa and Per Se while they still have their stars. Will definitely hit up Chef’s Table and Daniel again and maybe we’ll see another restaurant pop up on the list. In the mean time, my next NYC trip will probably be a “NYC on a Budget” trip, where I try the most unsuspecting places for cheap and hopefully good food; so keep an eye out in the future for that journey.