My sister and brother-in-law heading up to NYC in March/April with two other couples. They stay at her in-laws place near Lincoln Center, and have asked me to find a place for them to eat. They are late 30's with kids from Philly suburbs.
She asked me if I could give her a list of restaurants where they could be laid back in terms of dress (done up but not formal), fun scene, trendy, and decent food. Reminded her that I'm not sure UWS has exactly what they're looking for and suggested taking the venture to the Village...where I think options are plenty with what she's looking for. She also mentioned that two of the guys are essentially "meat and potatoes" type. I don't think price is much of a factor, and the priority is likely the atmosphere/scene.
Are there any restaurants in UWS that fit this description? Maybe Hell's Kitchen? Or should I send them further downtown?
She also was hoping for a fun place to hang out after...probably near where they're staying.