So 2 of my friends from work and their significant others, my wife and I are planning on dinner next Friday. We're all Manhattanites, and all work in midtown. We're mostly all foodies, but consider midtown to be a bit of a wasteland (except at the real high end) for "good" restaurants. We don't want some suit-dominated place (none of us are "suits"), but somewhere fun with great food and good service.
I was tempted by Bar Americain, but now have read mixed reviews on here so am a bit scared. But that price range seems to be fair, a bit cheaper is fine, more expensive is probably not fine. Some of my favorite places in other parts of town are Telepan, Crispo, Apizz, or nearly anything that Steve Hanson runs.
Only limitation is no Mexican or Indian. And for "Midtown" let's say between 42nd and 57th street.
Recommendations? Thanks in advance!:)