My wife and 16 year old daughter are taking their first New York trip with a school group right after Christmas. The daughter's a vegetarian, and Italian food seems like the best bet to keep the group happy.
Anyone have a recommendation of someplace fun, "New Yorky", and not too expensive that would be a memorable experience for them? The group will likely break out into smaller sections, so I doubt they'll need seating for more than 6-8.
My daughter's interested in celebrity-watching as well, so if celebrities eat regular Italian somewhere, all the better.
They're staying near Central Park at 60th Street (don't ask me where, I've never been to New York either) but will be hitting the usual tourist spots.