I'm planning a girls night out for 6 foodies from Boston in NYC in late March. We are looking for good food, lively atmosphere, a place where we can linger and laugh over cocktails and bottles of wine.
Which of the above (Ouste, Balthazar, Cafe Bolud or CraftBar) would you suggest? I understand that the food is pretty good at all of them (though very different), so I guess I'm looking for some feedback on atmosphere.
Also, any suggestions on a good place for a less expensive Friday night dinner around 9 p.m.?