We have friends coming into town who want to meet us for lunch or dinner on Dec. 27. They love NY and like to hit places they have heard of, not necessarily hidden gems. They have two grown kids and we have well behaved 7 and 10 year olds. They first suggested Eataly, which I was game for, but then they decided they weren't into it. Then he suggested Union Square cafe. I've heard about it, but have never been. I think it may be a bit too upscale for 2 little kids, though. They don't need crayons at the table or anything, but I wouldn't necessarily want to bring them somewhere that others think is awesome for a romantic anniversary dinner. I thought of Balthazar, which is an old standby for me, but I'm not sure I can get reservations and I also think I have taken one too many out of town guests there. I know I am missing other places where the food will impress and the vibe will be sufficiently cool NY. I don't think location matters too much. Any ideas?