hi, a good friend from japan will be in town next weekend and i'm at a loss as to where to take her. she's specifically mentioned "not anything japanese" for obvious reasons, but i'm thinking that korean or chinese food may be out too as those would be better in japan than here (because of proximity and what not).
i'm looking for good food (obviously), clean environment (fairly important), not impossible to find parking a plus (times square would be out, for example, but not necessarily, if the food is good, any place is fine), some consideration for dietary restrictions a plus (meaning, if asked to take out some ingredient, the restaurant will oblige graciously). also, the ambience is fairly important too as she is an out-of-town visitor. and some place i can get a reservation or not have to wait too long.
people have recommended buddakan, otto and momofuku ssam-bar. as for my own taste, i dislike anything too rich or creamy, and prefer simple, clean fare.
i'd appreciate any and all recommendations!!