Wife and I are heading to the city first weekend in February with another couple for some fun and great food. They haven't been to NYC in ages, and really only know Midtown...so we're showing them our New York (below 14th).
Anyway, we've already eaten at Babbo...and Scarpetta...the Dutch...Market Table...and many other foodie destinations. Trying to come up with an utterly fantastic and memorable dinner without returning anywhere (selfish we know). Babbo is definitely our favorite restaurant, and I'm hoping to find something equally amazing. Food is priority, but we also need fun/vibrant scene. Right now I'm thinking either Minetta Tavern or Locanda Verde, but want to make sure I'm not depriving them of anything because I still feel we should go back to Babbo (my wife wants something else). I loved atmosphere at Forgione as well.
Looking to avoid the Ultra Exclusive EMP and Per Se as I want a more relaxed vibe. While they're also in midtown, I'm not ruling out Le Bernadin though. Might do brunch at Balthazar so not thinking that.
Any cuisine is fine, he was once a chef and we all just love fine food. I'm also thinking Momofuku Ssam for lunch (can we make it to a matinee in Times Square if we do?).
Hoping for some reassurance or anything I should absolutely be considering in addition to Minetta and LV!