We are foodies from LA and are looking forward to some really great meals in NYC. We haven't been to New York for 10 years so we need some help picking restaurants, both lunch and dinner. We aren't fans of heavy cream/butter dishes (we are from California after all) , no japanese, chinese or thai (we have enough of those out here) or Indian (husband doesn't like) and while money isn't an issue, we're not looking for every meal to be over the top. Looking for yummy, fun, interesting, from downtown to uptown and lunch in Brooklyn and Soho for sure. One night is my husband's birthday. Also opinions of Scarpetta, The Modern, John Dory, Babbo, Rouge Tomate, Dovetail, (recommendations from concierge). all suggesstions apperciated!