My boyfriend and I will be in New York in 2 weeks for a family event. We only have one meal free -- dinner Saturday night. I'd like to take him somewhere we can't necessarily get in Boston that will really knock his socks off.
He likes places that are ethnic, un-fussy, casual, fun, and affordable -- or at least a great food-to-value ratio. I'd like to keep it under $100 for the two of us, with a drink or two each. Great beer or cocktails are a plus. We're staying in midtown, so any neighboorhood is fine, though Manhattan is preferable. Could possibly do Brooklyn for the right restaurant. To give you any idea, I'm thinking maybe Kuma Inn, Hill Country, Roberta's, one of the Japanese places on 9th St like maybe Soba-Ya, sushi somewhere...
If anyone knows Boston, our favorite restaurants here are Strip-T's, East Coast Grill, Highland Kitchen, and Myers + Chang.
Thanks for any ideas!
Bonus challenge: We're having lunch on Saturday at Inside Park at St. Barts... has anyone been? Is there anything better in the area for Saturday brunch/lunch for 6-8 people? The Smith midtown was shot down because we went there on our last NYC trip. Unfortunately it must be in midtown because of various other plans that day.