I will be staying at The Rittenhouse for two nights, and invited my mother to join me. She loves Le Bec Fin, but I really do not want formal decor or French food. Needless to say, that would not be my pick.
I have done some research and the following came up a lot: Vetri (may be too expensive), Osteria (worthwhile?), amada/tinto (but we live in chicago and have a Jose Garces restaurant here, Mercat, with a very similar menu), Zahav (not sure I want Israeli), Ansill, Moritmoto and Alma de Cuba.
We would like a place that not only has great food, but a good ambience as well (nothing too sterile or too formal). It is a Tue and Wed night. Walking distance is preferable.
We like all foods, but I'd prefer something more interesting than American/Continental or French.
We cannot wait to visit and look forward to your recommendations!