My wife loves NYC and so we're planning a trip for our 25th anniversary about two weeks before Christmas. We will eat at a variety of places, but I want to have at least one special dinner and lunch. Cost is not a concern but I want to feel we got our moneys worth. My wife is a farm girl at heart and is not accustomed to fancy restaurants so it is important that the staff is friendly and helpful. I want our dining experience to be as memorable as possible. Also, how early can and should reservations be made? Any suggestions will be much appreciated.