Manhattan chowhounds - would like to celebrate my husband's 50th in NYC @ an upscale American restaurant (16-18 people total). We live in DC & only visit NY a few times/yr. Location-wise he is pretty open. Would like to keep food @ about $100pp w/out alcohol (of course wine will add more) and would like to be walking distance from a fun bar for after. Also, his preference is to be in the main dining area--not a private room, as well as for folks to choose whatever they'd like (although he's not opposed to a tasting menu if the restaurant typically offers one). Suggestions welcome!
Here's the short list but I know I may have missed some good options:
Bar Americain (Midtown-West)
David Burkey Fabrick: OK, but not first choice
Red-eye Grill (Midtown-West): OK (may be a bit uptown)