the folks are coming into town. they are hip and fun, but choose incredible food over a super hip place (or both if possible). But we are not looking to spend the $ for the per se type places.
Any restaurants with extraordinary food without exorbitant prices? Can be anywhere (they are staying in the east 20s .... and we generally prefer downtown). Cuisine: open-- just delicious. We have two nights so likely one will be super rich and indulgent, while the other may require lighter fare.
In the past they have loved lavagna, nobu, and tocqueville.
Thank you all for your help!