I'll be coming to NYC with my boyfriend just before Xmas (14-18 Dec) and am trying to figure out where to eat in that time. I'm a huge foodie, but I also want to eat somewhere that really feels like I'm in New York/USA! I've done so much research, and names such as Bouley, Cafe Boulud, Per se have come up, but I think I want something little less fancy (no jackets required for example). And the idea of a really good French or Italian isn't really a big draw for me. So far I've narrowed my list down to Gramercy Tavern (the bar area) for dinner (is it hard to get a table at the weekend btw, how early should we get there?), Union Square Cafe for casual (bar) lunch and Candle 79 for yet another dinner (we're both vegetarian, tho I eat fish). What do you think? Are these good choices? Any better suggestions? Thank you so much!