i am a long time lurker and have gotten awesome recs from this board for past visits to manhattan. we dream about the veggie platter at azuri cafe with gusto.
this year it will be a four day christmas extravaganza. we are a party of four for christmas eve and a party of two for christmas night. we are staying in murray hill but are open to all neighborhoods. we'd like to keep it to $30 or under per entree; seafood/pasta is a plus. decent wine list also a plus. for xmas eve we need to go a bit mainstream (italian ,french, american); for xmas night we are cool with mexican, indian, mediterranean as well as the aforementioned mainstream.
i went to open table and searched for availability both nights. i was hoping for some help choosing.
here's what i somewhat narrowed for xmas eve:
--ponty bistro--one of our party is rooting for this one and unless i hear differently from you guys it is the frontrunner
the above three (but obviously not whichever one we go to 12/24)
a casa fox
thanks so much for any input!