We have an annual girls' trip over Labor Day weekend and are looking for a restaurant for dinner that Friday night. Staying in midtown, but are fine with venturing out as we know options for what we are looking for will be fairly limited in that area.
Looking for something fun/energetic as we will grab cocktails at the bar, but nothing that feels like we've gone to an NYC nightclub, and nothing that tends to the more formal side. Last year on the same trip, we went to Stanton Social and enjoyed the food and atmosphere, but it was a little too loud and the crowd a little too young (our group is late 30's, with one turning 40). We did Scarpetta the year before and it was a little too quiet. Some options that have been suggested to us include The Dutch, Empellon, and Tertulia. Are those good options, and what else should we be considering?