OK, I have heard lousy things about Bali Nusa, but all those posts are very old and apparently they got a new Chef about a year ago. If it were even half as good as the stuff in Amsterdam it woud be my first choice since it has been over a decade since I have had good Indonesian food. However, I have also been reading about Tabata. I don't really care if it is authentic Ramen if it is at least good. I understand from reading the reviews that the chef is Burmese. If so, great (although I tend to avoid soups with coconut broth).
If there is one dish at either of these places that is gonzo, I would be interested in hearing about it. We're going to see Lulu at BB King's and do not really want to eat there. However we want to remain in the vicinity of 8th and 42nd (say 5-10 blocks in any direction). If anyone has a better idea that is not very expensive, I would also be interested. As you can tell, we're into Asian/Indonesian type fare (but not chinese or Indian as it is generally too salty and not good before you go out "drinking").