Later this week, I'll be in town, staying at the Southgate Tower Hotel. A friend is treating me to a belated bday dinner. I definitely want to start the evening at Bemelman's Bar, but am looking for recommendations for dinner at 8ish. My friend has been down with a cold, so I don't think she'll want to go all over Manhattan.
Looking at the board, I've seen reccs for Cafe Bouloud, but are there other moderate suggestions near the Carlyle? Ideally we'd like a fun place with great food. I eat fish, but no meat or chicken; she'll eat anything except okra or lima beans!