Girlfriends and I are staying at the Hotel Wales (1295 madison Ave) over Memorial Day weekend. It looks like it might be kind of a culinary desert, but not sure. We will definitely be all over the city, but it's good to know decent spots close to the hotel. We are an eclectic group but we all love to eat. Super red-meat-heavy places not a good choice. Good bar/coffee and pastry/dessert options also very welcome.
Places that are a couple of stops away on the subway also of interest. Thanks!!