I am visiting NYC with15 women in July. I'm looking for two lunch spots. One needs to be near the LES. The second lunch can be pretty much anywhere in the city. Considering DBGB Kitchen & Bar but one friend thinks its too expensive. Would like to consider 456 Shanghai but it doesn't take reservations. Babbo may also be an option (again a little higher priced that we prefer). Danji was on my list but too funky for some of the group.
Criteria are: options for vegetarians, moderately priced (around $20-$25 per person), creative menu (but not too out there) , takes reservations (we will split into two groups of 8 and 7).
Suggestions? I am tearing out my hair!