Sorry for what is probably a somewhat repetitive post. This is my first foray into the NYC board (we are Philadelphians), and I was so overwhelmed in trying to do some searching I thought I'd just try to put up a post of my own and see if I can harness your collective brainpower/tastebuds.
Two of us will be up in early November for an overnight, and are hunting for dinner options. We'll be staying at Madison/29th. We'd like to stick to a short cab or walk if possible.
Price isn't a major issue, though I don't think we're looking to spend top top top dollar (we'd prefer not to pass $100pp for food, but I'd consider it for a truly exceptional experience). The main thing is we're looking for a sure fire great experience. Our tastebuds lean italian, with top priority on pasta, but there's flexibility on that as well (with only caveat that we are lactose intolerant so French isn't always best for us). We are typically lighter eaters, so don't necesarrily care for a pound of pasta on the plate (though we haven't really embraced the two-bite course either).
One place we've considered is Butter just based on enjoying AG's personality on TV, but it seems reviews tend to be mixed here. I have always wanted to try Locanda Verde, but it looks like kind of a trek from our hotel.
Any help you guys & gals can provide would be invaluable!