Hey Hounds - Good friends will be staying in 57th/Central Park area this weekend. Good food at reasonable (by NYC standards) prices. But, nothing too exotic is their dining objective. Getting a "feel" for the city through dining would be nice, too.
So, they need suggestions for great bar food in the Essex Hotel area (late week night dinner), breakfast, an interesting popular type place for lunch in another part of the city and good Italian before the theater.