Hi, i've never been to either restaurant, but i have reservations at both currently for tomorrow evening.
this is a "sorta bachelorette" party -- my good friend is getting married next month in VA, and she and 2 friends are coming up for a fun 30 hours in NYC. we have a man joining us for the festivities as well, and we plan to go out dancing after dinner.
atmospherically, it would be great if the place had some charm and style, but it should also be a place where we can actually converse and enjoy each other's company.
and the FOOD. the food is the most important deciding factor. i've read plenty of good things already about both places for the food. the Urena menu makes me out and out drool, but the one at Alta looks pleasingly tasty as well, and more varied.
finally, we're hoping to keep the meal at either place to around $50 per person, excluding tax, tip, and wine.
any advisement is appreciated, but it would be particularly valuable if you have been to both places and/or been to either place within the last 6 months.
thanks in advance for your help.
(usually posts on the outer-boroughs board)