My husband and I will be in Manhattan this weekend and treating our daughter and her boyfriend plus 3 cousins to dinner Sunday. My husband and I are staying in Soho (Hampton Inn) but the others are in UWS and Brooklyn. I'm looking for a restaurant within reasonable walking distance or short subway or taxi ride from the hotel (am I right in thinking that means Soho, the Village, or Chelsea?), although I'd be willing to travel farther for a good place. It's important that we go someplace that takes reservations, because we don't want to wait for a long time. It also has to take credit cards.
Alhough my husband and I are treating, we don't want to spend a fortune--would be nice to keep under $30/person (not including drinks and tip). We all enjoy cuisines of various regions and also like places that emphasize seasonal ingredients. My daughter and one cousin prefer vegetarian food, but they will eat meat or fish at times. We don't like pretentious food or service. We do like a nice (not fancy) setting that's not too noisy to have a conversation. Some places that we've liked (with most of the same group) on other trips to the city are Cookshop (though that was noisier and more expensive than I wanted), Josie's Restaurant West, and Chennai Garden. My husband and I have also enjoyed Alouette and Cosette and would like recs for similar places closer to the hotel.
I saw that Zengo's is participating in Restaurant Week for Sunday dinner and it sounds like the kind of thing all might like--would you recommend it for us given the criteria above?
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