Hello New York!!
My parents are planning their first trip to NYC (from Toronto) this October and they've asked me to search for some interesting food options. I've been to NYC countless times, but a) I'm usually on a budget and b) I'm vegetarian, so I haven't checked out many places that they would be interested in. They love food - nearly any kind (the only cuisine I recall them not liking was Ethiopian) and they'd like to go out to at least one fancy - dress codes are good as long as the guys don't have to wear ties! (My dad hates them). Neighbourhoods don't really matter - they'll be going all over Manhattan.
So to try to make a long story short, here is what they're looking for:
-recs on upscale restaurants with fantastic food
-is there a fantastic steakhouse that should not be missed?
-the BEST italian restaurant (I've been to quite a few in Little Italy, but none have really blown me away)
-a good sunday brunch place (preferably in Greenwich Village/Gramercy/Chelsea/Lower East Side)
-somewhere that has good food and good music (or somewhere that has good food close to a music venue - they prefer Blues/R&B/Soul)
-Best authentic Mexican
-I'd love ethnic recs - they like trying new things
-Is there a really good vietnamese restaurant?
-what is your favourite restaurant?
I know some of those questions have probably been asked to death, but please give me any input you may have!!
Oh, and no Indian/South Asian suggestions please, because we eat a lot of that here in our Little India neighbourhood.
Thanks in advance!! I love your city :)