My husband and I are taking our first post-baby trip alone to NYC for a long weekend in mid-December and need recommendations for :
1. 2 dinners. Both dinners would be on theatre nights. We are okay with a very early or very late dinner. One show is from 7:30-10:30 on a Thursday at Foxwoods Theatre at W 42nd St. The other show is on. Saturday night at Lincoln Center from 8-11. What we are looking for: French or Italian would be good but we are open to others. We had thought about Marea, Colicchio and Sons, Babbo and Gramercy Park Tavern as possibilities. We have been to Le Bernadin and Bar Boulud before so dont want to repeat those. Cozy and romantic. Not pretentious or stuffy. We would like to spend between 150-250 total for the 2 of us including alcohol, tax and tip. We could go somewhat higher for something really good. Good food and ambience are the most important factors here.
2. Brunch option for Sunday. Warm, cozy, lively. A fireplace would be a nice bonus. Probably would be looking for something a little less expensive than dinner but no firm limits. We have thought about: Minetta Tavern and Balthazar.
3. Breakfast and lunch places that are tasty and relatively quick. Sit-down is fine but we would not want to do a 2.5 hr meal. Food carts and delis would be fine but we only have so much time in the city, so we dont want to spend hours waiting in line. Any area of the city is fine. Would love it if anyone had recs for somewhere that serves croissants that could even come close to what we can get in Paris. Dessert recs would be great too.
Thanks in advance for any recommendations.