Snagged my father's apartment in Manhattan for my birthday over Columbus Day weekend and can't wait to give the handful of restaurants that sustain me Upstate a rest for awhile.
Have three meals in the city. One will be with my dad, and since he is a generous man indeed, I can go all out, although I don't feel the need to go over the top. He works midtown and the apartment is at 55th and 6th. There is no need to stay in that neighborhood, but I've been intrigued by Milos on 55th and my wife and I are big seafood fans. Anyone been to Milos of late? Other suggestions for my birthday meal? (Nothing too pretentious, just great food, stylish setting.)
For the other two meals, I'll want to keep the bill a bit lower and the atmosphere a bit livelier, and I'd be more apt to head downtown. Alta sounds like a good choice from perusing the forums. Any other suggestions?
To give you a little idea of our tastes, the last time my wife and I were in the city we hit The Modern as our expensive meal and loved it. Very fresh, flavorful food and gorgeous setting without being stiff. For our more "fun/cheap" meals we hit Spice Market and Rosa Mexicano. We thought both were fine, and perhaps all we could expect, but certainly nothing special and a bit too commercial.
Any suggestions would be much appreciated!