Any excuse to be in New York is a plus for me but the task of finding the perfect restaurant is always daunting. We eat well in my home town but the choices are at least limited. New York is perfectly overwhelming so I will try and limit the possibilities. There will be four of us on a Sunday night for prime time dinner, say around 8:30. Last month I ate at Buddakan which was certainly spectacular but I found the food to be rather standard. Perhaps I ordered the wrong thing but the dramatic dining room made up for any mediocre food. Had an incredibly good meal at a place called Spigolo in the East 90's and a very over the top meal at La Grenouille. So, what about a place with mouth-watering food, not outrageously priced as we all don't want to spend a fortune so none of the top places, dressy trendy rather than t-shirt trendy, somewhat elegant but not hush hush or too dark and quiet, lively crowd not not too touristy?
I have been told to go to Tao or to Craft. I keep reading so much about the Spotted Pig but don't see it all over the chowhound site. I have never been to Florent and would love to go. Is Florent open on Sundays? Last month we also ate at Mas and Tabla which were very good but no moans of pleasure coming from the table. Am I missing something or are those restaurants considered tops in food?
Thanks for any help you can give me. I would love to have a great Sunday dinner with good drinks, plenty of laughs, people watching, and really good food.