I'm coming from Brisbane, Australia, to New York to run the NY marathon on 3 November with 3 friends. We are staying at the Empire hotel and would love a recommendation of a nice restaurant near there to have an early pasta dinner. Something mid-range as far as price and hopefully at least a few nice vegetarian options as two of our group don't eat meat.
We would also love a recommendation for somewhere to go for dinner the night of the marathon - again hopefully close to the Empire, somewhere fun where we can have a few drinks and something delicious and evil to eat to celebrate finishing the run.
Thanks so much for any suggestions!