1st time poster from Boston, and will be "detouring" through The City on my way to a Sat. nite this month (Sep) in Stamford. My detour-by-design will effectively afford me the opportunity for Saturday lunch, as well as Sunday lunch and/or early dinner in Manhattan. Saturday dinner will be in Stamford (also yet to be determined, please feel free to weigh in...). I'll be arriving @ Penn Station late in the a.m. & will ultimately taking a train from Grand Central to CT later on, ideally before 3/4pm. I'll be back in Manhattan early Sunday afternoon and have the bulk of the remaining day to spare ('til 6ish). I would greatly appreciate suggestions for an "upscale" (at least as $ permits) LUNCH (I'm not huge on breakfast, so brunch is of minimal appeal, by extension) on either day (as well as Stamford dinner, if you were inclined). My "budget" for each meal would be around $70 w/tip (I don't drink), but can & would adjust (i.e. 100/40/70) to accomodate something Wow-inducing. No specific cuisine, and I don't mind trying something that's already well represented in Boston, but ain't looking for cheap eats, per se. Subway/walking's cool too, but restaurants in Manhattan would probably be best- plus, I'll have a little more time Sun. than Sat. I used to visit NY alot back in the 90s, and among places I remember enjoying; River Cafe, Lafayette (Jean-Georges old spot in the Drake hotel), Maurice (Parker-Meridien) & Rosa Mexicano. I'll be wearing a suit, so dressy is fine, if not preferable. As far as current Boston "faves", I don't get out like I used to, but have recently enjoyed Clink (Liberty Hotel), Meritage and Harvest. Oh, and I'll be alone- I'm not too self-conscious about solo dining, but still something to potentially bear in mind. And touristy's out of the question.
Is that too vague?
Any thoughts would be most appreciated.