i'm (CDN grad student x2, pretty poor ;P ) going to be in midtown for a few days next week, am staying in times square, but will be doing the usual array of touristy things but could really use a set of tips on where to go for 1) decent drinks/loungy nights 2)unique NYC spots (i've gleaned that katz's, briyals (sp?), etc are good)
caveat - being from toronto and a frequent montreal visitor, i'm not sure i want to focus on deli (schwartz's anyone?), or french fusion, or chinese/korean/vietnamese, since T.O. has amazing restos in this category.
that being said, i will also have the opportunity to be taken once or twice to some nice restos - any suggestions?