I'm going into Manhattan next weekend with a good friend to see a concert and we're staying at a hotel in the Flatiron area. I'm hoping to get some good food. It would be a shame to be in NYC and not. One tricky part of all this is my buddy. He's a great guy, but he's cheap and not very adventurous. He loves Italian and "American."
I'd be trying a new restaurant that I haven't gone to yet like Marea or Alto or even some faves like Craftbar. Those are out of his budget. I'd like to avoid going to a red sauce Italian joint or some crappy sportsbar near MSG. A chain would be even worse.
I hope this is enough information to help. I would greatly appreciate any suggestions that are in the general Flatiron vicinity (we're willing to explore beyond but that's where our hotel is located) for a meal that's on the end of cheap (I'll probably be able to get him to drop 50 bucks total on dinner. If I'm lucky). I welcome suggestions for all cuisines, but we'll probably go to a "safer" choice.
Thanks for your help!