A friend called me yesterday from Seattle and wants my help choosing a restaurant in Manhattan from which they can purchase a wedding gift/restaurant certificate for some friends. She didn't give many parameters, but she said her friends are pretty hip and appreciate nice food. I would suggest somewhere like Babbo, (I haven't been but I sense their friends would appreciate it) but I don't know if the difficulty of getting a reservation would make the certificate more of an annoyance than a pleasure.
I'm thinking downtown. I was thinking Blue Hill, but what am I missing? It also sounds like these people would like something that's pretty hot right now.
I think they want to spend around $150-200.
All thoughts greatly appreciated. I have brain freeze.