Will be in NY on a Friday night. Our host has suggested Gramercy Tavern or Gotham Bar and Grill; I suggested Cru or Gusto (Prune, a first choice, will be closed).
Any thoughts on the above? I tend to like more intimate, chef-driven places with rustic fare, as opposed to corporate-stuffy tasting menu-type spots (though I know Cru is more on the formal tasting menu end of the spectrum, I've heard the food is fantastic, so it would be worth it).
Basically, what I'm trying to avoid is generic fancy food with no sense of place.
Can anyone offer advice?
Thanks so much.