I know Chowhound is littered with these types of requests, but my wife and i are traveling to NYC from Chicago for a long weekend and after a lot of research (which sometimes can fill your head with too many options) we have settled on Allen and Delancey, Babbo and one "open" night.
While we enjoy all types of food across all prices/settings, i want to go to a place that has a fun, lively environment and food that won't leave me hungry and/or upset i just dropped a couple hundred bucks.
I have narrowed it down to Spice Market (fun space, food looks good), Morimoto (again, space, interesting menu, i know it's trendy/played out but my biggest fear is ambivalent service, leaving hungry) and Perilla, which seems much more neighborhood-y and laid back. All opinions welcome. Thanks.