Driving down to NYC this weekend. Will be staying in Hell's Kitchen area, going to Lincoln Center one night and walking the city other times. Our usual NYC haunts - Han Bat in Koreatown, Cafe Con Leche UWS, Seven Turkish Rest., Bright Food Shop (yes, I know it's closed, sigh.) As you can see, we usually choose food quality and authenticity over atmosphere. All kinds of cuisines appropriate, though one of us eats no meat or chicken, fish ok.
1. Friday night Hell's Kitchen walkable or close to Met because we're going to the museum first. Similar to above. Thinking Taboon, Bayan, wd. love something Latin, something only in NYC.
2. Sat. night - meeting a friend driving in from NJ. Should be comfortable and quiet as we haven't seen each other in a long time and want to talk, not scream. Tables not too jammed together. Friend's taste probably not as adventuresome as ours. We will be likely in Brooklyn in afternoon, so could meet somewhere on the subway line on the way home to HK. so long as our friend can find a parking lot and not have to drive too far off her route.
3. Sunday night Lincoln Center walkable. Going to 7PM show, want dinner ~9PM. Might walk up to Seven -- about 10 blocks not so bad, but any other similar (as in ethnic, not too $$$, not too loud) places? Our NYC friend suggested Gabriel's, but we can get Ital here, and she has a lot more money to spend than we do, so we need something she'll like and we can afford. If Ital wd. have to be amazing.
Many thanks for suggestions. Drooling already.