Will be in NYC Dec. 17-20 and have reservations at Jean Georges and EMP. We are on the waiting list for Per Se (which would take the place of JG). Basically, we want one really fancy and formal dinner (usually French), and one quintessential NYC restaurant (last time, Da Silvano was our answer for this--good food (but not amazing) and relaxing, fun atmosphere).
I would like some great italian food as well. I'm considering Cru, L'Imperio, and Lupa (and maybe Apizz?)--how do they compare (food quality, atmosphere (relaxed vs. formal, fun, etc), price) and what would you recommend? I would prefer to keep the tab to $250 (or so) for two. Thanking you in advance!