My husband and I will be staying in NYC (not sure of the area yet as we are still working on the hotel). I rarely get to NYC as h's fmaily is in Greenwich, CT. Once in a while we come down with them, and go somewhere higher end, been to Le Bernadin, Babbo, Nobu and Per Se. We also spend a lot of time in Roberto's, too, and my in-laws love it. In facy, they are trying to convince us to go back there, but I;d like to try something else with so many great choices.
I want something much less formal than Le B or Per Se. I almost considered going straight back to Babbo! My husband would prefer something less expensive, where locals go. Great food and ambience are key (candles even better--al fresco dining if weather permits)?
I was thinking Momofuku (decor not what I want, but love Asian). So, I need two choices., Once if family does not join us, and we love any type of Asian, Japanese, Vietnamese, Italian, tapas, etc--just no French or main stream American.
If the family does come, they really prefer Italian..Gemma perhaps?
All recs are greatly appreciated!