Few places in the world offer cuisine that compare with that of New York City, home to some of the world's greatest chefs. You could easily spend a week's pay on dinner for two at some of these New York City restaurants, but sometimes, you just want to splurge (and other times, you're on an unlimited expense account or your rich relative is treating!)
Do note: reservations are required at all of these restaurants—many of which book up a month or two in advance. Many also require a credit card to hold a reservation and often they have very strict (and severe) cancellation policies and penalties.
You'll have to get lucky to get a spot at Ko, David Chang's most upscale restaurant, for dinner: all reservations are handled through their online reservation system which releases seats 15-30 days in advance. Parties of 4-7 can now be accommodated at tables in their new, (slightly) larger space which is located off of 1st Street on Extra Place, but only parties of 1-4 can be seated at the counter, where you'll have the chance to interact with the chefs and see your food being expertly prepared.
Price: $255 tasting menu for lunch and dinner
This four-star restaurant serves top-notch seafood. The freshest seafood is prepared using simple techniques to highlight the fish's best qualities. Broken down into "Almost Raw," "Barely Touched" and "Lightly Cooked" the menu reflects the preparations of the fish.
Price: $160 four-course prix-fixe ($90 for 3 courses at lunch); $187 Le Bernardin tasting menu ($282 with wine pairing); $215 chef's tasting menu ($355 with wine pairings)
Jean George, housed in the Trump International Hotel and Tower, has revived table-side service, bringing the excitement of the kitchen onto the dining room floor with many final preparations for Jean-George Vongerichten's fabulous French cuisine table-side.
Price: $138 for 3-course dinner; $218 for Jean-Georges' Menu; $168 to add a wine pairing with your dinner; 2-course lunch $58, lunch tasting $158
Market-inspired cuisine with creative use of traditional French techniques defines chef Daniel Boulud's cuisine at DANIEL. The menu varies seasonally, highlighting the best ingredients available.
Price: Prix-fixe: $158 (4 courses) ($82 or $142 wine pairing available); Chef's tasting menu: $250 ($135 or $225 wine pairing available)
The multi-course meal at Eleven Madison Park focuses on the ingredients and culinary history of New York. The menu can be customized to accommodate the preferences and dietary restrictions of individual diners. EMP has won seven James Beard Awards in its lifetime.
Price: $355 prix-fixe dinner (taxes and gratuities included, but beverages are extra)
The expense of the ingredients required for preparing top-notch sushi can be extremely expensive -- especially at places like Kuruma Zushi where they fly fish in from Japan. While it is possible to dine here reasonably, the true experience to be had is the chef's omakase.
Price: $160+ Kuruma Zushi dinners; omakase also available for $300+
With just 18 seats and over 15 courses, the Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare is not an easy reservation to score, but if you're fortunate, the food it well-worth the trouble and patience. As a three-star Michelin restaurant, the cuisine of Chef Cesar Ramirez is the star and the menu changes nightly Tuesday through Saturday (the restaurant is closed on Sunday and Monday)
Price: $362.21 prix-fixe dinner (service, but not tax, is included)
New York diners wanting to experience Thomas Keller's famed Napa Valley cuisine no longer have to travel to the French Laundry. Expertly designed menus change daily and reflect the freshest seasonal ingredients.
Price: $355 tasting menu ($215-325 at lunch)
There are just 26 seats in Masa, an elegantly designed Japanese restaurant in the Time Warner Center. There is no menu; all diners will spend about 2 hours having an unparalleled omakase experience. The best seats are those at the bar, where you can watch Masa at work.
Price: $595 prix-fixe, gratuities are included, but tax and beverages are additional