Friends from out of town will be in NYC next week for a brief visit i.e. two dinners. We've got a res for bo ssam at momofuku one night (already been -- loved it), but want something special for Night #2. My friends are coming from L.A. where they go to good restaurants often. I want to take them to a restaurant that offers something unique to NYC. Can be Manhattan or Brooklyn (as I live in BK). Price isn't an obstacle -- though we are down-to-earth and don't want to go somewhere where everyone else is celebrating an anniversary or getting engaged. Also, privacy a plus. We are not going to see and be seen.
It's short notice, so Per Se, Bouley, and the like are out. Besides, we are looking for somewhere with a more casual vibe like momofuku.
Would appreciate the kind of thoughtful and knowledgeable recs chowhounders are known for!
Thanks in advance.