Trying to choose one of the above for an anniversary dinner next week. I've eaten only at MK and had two amazing meals there, but would like to venture out into the unknown, but the memories of the outstanding food is pulling me back. My boyfriend will invariably order steak on any menu from el taco veloz to west town tavern so a good meat selection is a must. we both lived in thailand and love spicy, "lively" food, not plain old sauteed fish, for instance. atmosphere is also important-we have a hard time with "cooler than thou" type places were you feel out of place if you're not skinny and wearing all black.
i'd love to be able to choose blackbird or les nomades a la a recent posting inciting comparison between the two, but those are above and beyond the budget.
thanks for all ideas