I have to take some friends out for dinner. Trying to avoid the "oh-so-trendy", loud places that have LOUSY service and sub-par food (i.e., what you find in the meatpacking district now).
Where would you go?
Again, friendly, PROFESSIONAL service is just as important to me as good food.
Will consider anyplace downtown (23rd St. and below), any cuisine.
Budget is about $40 to $50 per person, including drinks.