Hello Chowhounds on this gorgeous day. A very good friend (American) who lives in Tokyo and his Japanese boss are flying in Saturday and want a great American meal. Only specifics are food they can't get in Tokyo & no cheese. The perfect place would be beautiful, fun and festive but not too crazy or sceney, with absolutely fantastic food. Downtown preferred; expensive okay if prices are fair. Ideas so far are Mercer Kitchen, Zoe, 71 Clinton Fresh Food, Gramercy Tavern, The Harrison, Gotham Grill, Blue Ribbon... that is, if we could even get into any of these at this point. We clearly need guidance, and fast. Recommendations?