An impromptu business event is taking me back to NYC early next week (midweek) - happy dance! I'm tacking on an extra day and a half to spend time with a dear family friend - she's a little older so can't choose any place where the noise level is notably high. We're looking for warm and gracious service in an inviting space with, above all, great food. Price-wise, some flexibility but we tend to gravitate to mid-range (apps in the lower teens, entrees in the 20's). Oh, and my friend is a pescatarian. I eat everything (though we tend to share most of our dishes to enjoy the greatest variety). Looking for downtown - Greenwich Village, Noho, Chelsea, etc. Think I'll have time for 1 breakfast, 1 dinner and 2 lunches (possibly one of them as a late lunch so good if restaurant is open through the afternoon).
Having ogled through the windows of a few Gabe Stulman restos on past visits, I'm thinking this may finally be my chance - Fedora or Montmartre maybe? Other spots I'm thinking of - Il Buco (original or Alimentari), Louro, The Marrow. Maybe Acme or Pearl and Ash?
Any of these sound especially like what I am, or am not, looking for? As always, I thank you in advance for your wonderful input.