I have to choose a place for dinner with a friend and her mom, who is in from out of town. The mom enjoys many of the fine dining restaurants in Manhattan (Gramercy, Gotham, and Vong are her favorites) but problem is that she's been to most of them in recent years. I think she would like Spice Market or Per Se, but reservations are not available at those places for 9/30. Can anyone recommend any new places of that caliber that she would enjoy where reservations would not be a problem?
-Food not overly exotic, but she likes Asian
-New and Cool