We were thinking of maybe enduring a totally touristy spot our first night after a visit to the Top of the Rock. Virgils and Carmines are in the running, but I'm open to other, less touristy suggestions near the area (Times Square is actually away from our 34th and Lex hotel, but thought the feel of the area would be nice for a first night for a new visitor). There's just four of us, and we will be dressed casual after a day of walking the Brooklyn Bridge and such. Would the lines be monster at either of these venues at that time? We can't make a reservation with only four people. Since it's so late, I hesitate to wait more than an hour or so (and my dad--the new visitor get's crazy with long waits).
Bottomline, I just want that first day to be pleasant and end on a nice note. I know Virgils (never been) and Carmines (been) are both crazy and loud, so if you have advise for a casual diner (we will have had pizza for lunch), I'd be eternally grateful.
Thanks for any and all advise.