Meeting our son and his girlfriend, who are both students at the Culinary Institute of America, mid-April in Manhattan and need opinions on a few places. Staying at The Strand (west 37th between Fifth Avenue and the Avenue of the Americas).
For late deli lunch on Saturday (at the request of the mid-western hubby), which deli is best, Katz, Delicatessen, or 2nd Avenue Deli (other recommendations welcome)?
For a very nice Saturday night dinner, I think interested in a farm-to-table restaurant or someplace meat-y (son is hoping to extern at a farm-to-table place in Aspen and is interested in being a butcher). Research suggests F2Ts can be quite inconsistent, and I've ruled out ABC Kitchen because it looks more touristy than what I want. Even though Quality Meats is not farm-to-table, menu looks great for what it is and son would like it a lot.
On Sunday, we are having brunch before Once matinee at Jane (decent reviews and reservations accepted, our foremost criteria), but other ideas welcome.
Dinner reservations are for "Sunday supper" at Public (super excited about this).
Most important criteria is GREAT food, price isn't an issue, but NO stuffiness (no sport coats), which eliminates most of the Michelin places - correct??
Hubby and I having lunch Monday at Gramercy Tavern after the kids go back to Hyde Park.
Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions.