My mum has always wanted to see New York and we're finally flying her out from the UK for her 60th birthday (my first time too).
I'd like to book a nice meal for the night of her birthday (Sat 24th November). This site has been amazingly useful and, based on what I read here (and in my time out guide), I settled on Blue Hill but couldn't get a reservation (except very early or very late). I tried Lupa next, but same story.
L'impero looks tempting but...I then wondered if a smaller, cosier place might be better. I've seen mention of places such as Nook, Roberto Passon…but I'm finding it hard to choose.
So, I thought I'd place myself in your hands…I'm after great food (obviously), friendly, relaxed, a good but not-too-intimidating wine list, probably Italian or new American but open to other suggestions. A nice bar area to sip a cocktail beforehand would be an added bonus. I guess I'm looking at around $200 for three of us.
We're staying in midtown (west) so within easy reach of there would be nice but Greenwich Village area is fine too and am prepared to (in fact would like to) travel to other parts of the City, as long as it's not too arduous to get there by metro/bus.
All suggestions will be greatly appreciated. I will choose one of the suggestions and I'm very happy to report back…