I'm new to NYC and desperately need some help. I've got my aunt and her boyfriend in town from Ann Arbor (so they're laid back, but know good food) for dinner in two weeks. I'd like to take them someplace delicious but not too exotic. I'd ideally like to be able to make a reservation if possible, I'm not looking to break the bank, and I think it would be fun to take them someplace downtown (or elsewhere, just want to give them a feel for Manhattan). Specifically, here's what my aunt gave for guidelines:
"We are wide open as to food - we eat anything except sushi
(preferring our parasites cooked ) and we're not big fans of Indian.
Chinese,Thai, Mexican, Italian, French, Fusion, American....
or really most anything and anywhere we can
take a cab to is great. More relaxed, less fancy is preferred over
more formal dining since we are typical Ann Arborites who
hate to have to get very dressed up ;-)."
Help! I've scoured the Chowhounde boards yesterday and today, but many of the suggestions seemed quite expensive or don't take reservations. I'm so new here -- what should a reasonably-priced "nice" dinner cost? I've read many good things on here about Cookshop, but other than that I am overwhelmed by the choices.