My wife and I will be in mid-town Manhattan for a conference at the end of december. We are traveling with our 2 year old son who is pretty well-behaved in restaurants but who is, nevertheless, a 2 year old. We live in Phoenix AZ, which is not a bad food town in some ways, but we'd like to have some memorable meals in New York since it obviously has a lot to offer. We like spicy/kicky flavors and are not particularly concerned with ambiance or elegance of setting. And we need places where it will not be too uncomfortable/disruptive to bring a child.
So: I'd be very grateful for any specific recommendations of favorite places that seem to fit the bill. We are prepared to venture out of midtown, but probably not out of Manhattan.