My buddy's girlfriend wanted to go to Babbo when they are in town in Feb. However, no reservations available. Last time they came in town, we went to Les Halles because she likes Anthony Bourdain. I like Les Halles, but it's nothing special. (I didn't mention that in her presence, of course.) I was thinking about Lupa. I wanted to avoid Del Posto (I had 3 great meals there, and two that were okay, all on business clients' dime) since I can't guarantee an incredible meal, but I can guarantee a steep bill. I also didn't want to get stuck in the lines at Otto. Has anyone been to Lupa recently? any good or bad things to say about it?
Also, I was considering one of Bobby Flay's places- Bar Americain or Mesa Grill. I had one good meal at BA, and two fair meals there right after it opened a couple years ago (again on business). I actually never went to Mesa Grill. If anyone has any comments on these two it would certainly be appreciated.