I'm leaning towards relatively unfussy and conservative menus. Would prefer places that take reservations.
I've got Keen's, La Grenouille (I have never been, and I wouldn't mind visiting a legendary restaurant), Molyvos (I visit Milos in Montreal, and want to have at least one upscale Greek dinner in midtown), Toloache (I'm a fan of their tacos and we'll go there before a Broadway show) on my list right now.
Re: Chinese restaurants
We'd probably be best with a place that offers some decent versions of Westernized dishes as well as any more authentic dishes. I'm completely out of the loop re: Chinese food outside of Chinatown.
Re: Thai restaurants
Mostly looking for a place with a decent Tom Yum. Doesn't have to serve authentically spicy food. Just decent is good enough.
I have been watching the various Italian threads, so Ai Fiori has been on my radar for a while, but I'm not sure if it will be too posh for our group.
Although we might have one splurge night (splurge for me is over $70 per person on food alone), I'd generally like to keep most meals in the $30-$50/person range (not including drinks).
I realize we could take taxis to go further afield, but we will probably end up staying north of 34th Street and south of 72nd during our stay, although a few of us might break away at some point for a quick trip to Barney Greenglass or Cafe Sabarsky at some point.
What other restaurants would you consider, if you were part of a group of 8?
Thanks for any ideas!