my friend and i will be in NYC on business with time to kill to eat and shop, and i'm trying to plan our eating to our best advantage... we're both game for anything. I'm really into strong fresh flavors, anchovies, fresh herbs, olives, cured meats, and wine. also love japanese. we prefer casual vs. formal dining. Japanese for the lunch and rustic italian for dinner is a plus. we will mostly be taking the subway, but are game for walking.
Lunch on day one--we arrive to Penn Station, drop our bags at hotel at 49th and Broadway, and will go downtown to Century 21 for shopping, making our way north for a late afternoon business meeting. Lunch would be either near the hotel, or downtown. prefer under $25. really great sandwiches/salads, or japanese, or ?? We are adventurous, but want something convenient to where we will be.
Dinner on day one--just the two of us, around 9 pm, will travel. Something with good/creative/interesting food, not crazy expensive, and fairly-priced wine/alcohol. This might call for small plates, and type of food is flexible. I like the oportunity to try a bunch of things/flavor combinations that i wouldn't fix at home. Total bill under $75 each woudl be ideal. Inoteca would fit the bill (it was a long time ago that I was there, I don't know if it is still as good?). Safe area at night for two women is also important. Fun environment is a plus.
Next morning, going between the hotel (49th and broadway) and Penn station, in search of great coffee and pastries.
So admittedly, not much work, more play, and thanks in advance. I hope I have provided enough detail....