Coming to NYC for a week in late September from San Francsico and looking for some good, interesting and still popular restaurants that do not cost a fortune (husband is one of those professions stalled out by this recession!) Have looked up some of the ones I was targeting and they are either very expensive (Scarpetta, Blue Hill, Corton, dbgb kitchen) or don't take reservations (Co.).
One of my all time favorites is Lupa (great food, fun, lively) which is a great place for the price and I also like Otto, though have not been there for a while. We will certainly get to Lupa.....other suggestions for some second tier, less pricey places of any cuisine?? Would especially be interested in ones decently accessible Lincoln Center area where we will staying so we are not running around all over the city (so easy to do there!)