I just moved back and my friend is taking me out to dinner. He's requested I *not* chose a place like Morimoto / Robuchon / DB Bistro (places we've eaten in the past but of course loved) - and take it down a notch. I suggested Chez Josephine or even L'express - he said they aren't as memorable as our past dining endeavors and he countered by suggesting Odeon in Tribeca. I've never been but it doesn't seem at all interesting to me.
I am a huge foodie and love great amuse/appetizers/etc pref in a darker but nice setting.
I'm really open So please - Suggestions?