We are meeting friends from Italy for drinks at the Thompson Hotel on the lower east side tomorrow. I now live in Brooklyn and am totally out of the loop about great Manhattan restaurants, but I know that area has basically exploded since I moved out of the borough 5 years ago. Can you list a few really great restaurant recs in the vicinity of the Thompson (Allen St south of Houston)? By the way, we're meeting there because a friend works there and we were looking for a "cool" place to have drinks. he's gotten us access to the pool area and the terrace. Anyone know if this is a spot that will impress a couple of young professional Romans?