Fellow hounds, I need your help. My parents are coming to NYC for a visit in May, and I am trying to plan a restaurant itinerary. They get pretty excited about food, and over the course of the last several years we've been to lots of the best restaurants NYC has to offer (Per Se, Le Bernardin, Babbo, etc). We're planning to go to Daniel and Del Posto this time around, and probably Dovetail (before the opera), but that leaves me with a night or two with no ideas.
As I said, my parents like food. However, I'm not sure that adding another semi-pricey, French/American/Nouvelle Cuisine/whatever you call places like Telepan, Eleven Madison Park, Gotham, etc.-type restaurant to the list is really worthwhile for this visit (though they would enjoy all of them). I know there are LOTS of good restaurants in this category, each with fans and detractors, but we'll never be able to visit them all and I'm okay with that. As much as I enjoy them, I find that they're usually a lot less memorable than either higher end places OR lower-end places that are really interesting/unique/off the beaten path.
Now for the limitations: My mother doesn't care for fish/sushi, so anyplace exclusively seafood is out. The activities I have planned for them don't really center around a particular neighborhood, so pretty much anywhere is okay (I could use a theatre district rec, though - all my theatre district standbys are pretty unremarkable). We live in Sunnyside, Queens, and have explored Woodside, Jackson Heights, Rego Park and Flushing to some extent (I think BF and I get a lot more excited about ethnic food than my parents do, though). The only Brooklyn spot they've visited was Peter Luger, and my father was so thoroughly annoyed by the J train experience that I doubt he'll ever go back to Brooklyn (though I might convince him if it was someplace amazing AND we cabbed it). I may take them up to Arthur Ave. at some point, so that will probably be our nod to the Bronx. Otherwise, anything goes. To that end, what can you hounds recommend? Thanks in advance!!!!!!