My husband and I live about 15 minutes outside of NYC and are coming in and staying this week for our annual summer holiday. We have both grown up just outside of the city and have eaten at every major restaurant over the past 30 years. We've realized that we no longer need the 4 and 5 star dinners and are much happier at cool joints with great food. On our last 2 trips in we enjoyed meals at Torrisi, Ippudo, Minetta Tavern, ABC Kitchen, Txikito, Scarpetta. We'd like some restaurants along these lines..Scarpetta and ABC Kitchen would be about the fanciest we'd like to go. We love tapas, asian, italian, steak , wine bars etc and are up for anything. Would love to hear your pics. Thanks!