I know there are thousands of restaurant's in New York and I need some help narrowing it down. I am dining w/ 4 girls visiting New York for the umpteenth time (meaning no "down-home", dumbed-down, "trying to be Midwestern" suggestions just b/c we are out-of-towners). I would like something in the range of "Butter" but not as crowded and trendy. The type of food varies, American Contemporary would be good, as well as Asian (not really looking for sushi though), Italian, Thai Mexican. Neighborhoods: Prefereably Upper East, Upper West or LES.
Thanks for your help!