Hello - I lived in Manhattan for several years and have been away for a while. I have occasion to be there for lunch, dinner, and brunch one evening over the summer and will be travelling with a friend who has never been to the city. My plan is to walk her around some of my favorite areas (W. Village, Union Square, Chinatown, the Park, as well as some of my favorite food shops like Ideal Cheese and Zabar's), and give her some great restaurant experiences as well. I'm overwhelmed by the choices though. We are both very adventurous eaters. We don't have tons of money to spend but we can do more pricey for one of our meals. I know that this is a broad question but any suggestions for lunch/dinner/brunch are greatly appreciated. Her favorite cuisines are japanese, northern italian, spanish, french (bistro fare), and thai.
Thanks in advance!!