We'll be coming to NYC towards the end of April to stay with some expat friends. We want to take them out for a nice thank you dinner on the Saturday night. We are into food but they are probably more interested in the cocktails, so we need somewhere that balances the two. They're in LES/Soho so somewhere relatively convenient would be good. We've come up with a few suggestions and would really appreciate your thoughts/guidance/alternative suggestions. The shortlist currently is:
Pearl & Ash
Empellon Cocina (went there last time we were in New York and loved it)
The other thing to factor in is that we have a couple of nights to ourselves at the end of the trip when we are planning on going to Batard and probably the Nomad.
Thanks in advance for your help.