So I have a family member (20 something) in town this weekend. They were excited for restaurant week (I explained its overrated, but the marketing apparently works), however I can't make our reservation at Park Avenue Summer tonight and Sunday isn't really an option. I'm trying to make it up to them and need a rec, I live just south of central park, so Norma's is the backup, but its completely the wrong ambiance given their personality. Same with Petrorussian, etc. I also don't have a ton of time and would prefer avoid waiting. I don't like Sarabeth's and refuse to funnel any more tourists into Rue 57.
Ideally I'm looking for a Penelope's with less of a wait located 20 blocks to the north.