So, here's the deal...
My girlfriend and I will be in NYC May 13-15. We're a couple of tattooed, quirky and unique individuals (I sing in a band and she works at an artisan art gallery) from Ohio, and I'm looking for a place to take her to dinner.
We're staying at the Gershwin Hotel (because, after doing a bunch of research, we decided that if she and I were a hotel, we'd be the Gershwin) and we have tickets to see Wicked at the Gershwin Theater on Saturday night. Due to the fact that, I imagine, a big chunk of the evening will be occupied by the theater, I had planned on going to the "big" dinner on Friday night, unless, of course, you all think I can swing it all on Saturday. When I say "big" dinner, I mean that when we go on trips, we usually have one upscale, fancy dinner, and the rest of the time just pig out on local fare.
So, here's the skinny: I'm looking for a place that's funky, young, hip, unique, trendy... someplace where we won't be shunned by uptight elderly folks who go to fancy joints on a regular basis. I would say that we lean towards contemporary American fare, but here's the caveat: she isn't a big meat eater. I'm not saying that she's a full bore veggie, as she eats pepperoni pizza, will ~sometimes~ have chicken, and loves, loves, loves bacon, but she won't eat beef, or other forms of pork, and absolutely no meat in her pasta or sauce. She's special like that. I, on the other hand, will eat, and have eaten, just about anything and everything. I don't discriminate. But, I'd rather not go to an exclusively veg restaurant. We frequent Michael Symon's restaurants in Cleveland, Lola & Lolita, and she always gets the macaroni and cheese (minus the chicken,) or a simple olive oil pizza. And, at our favorite restaurant in Akron, Crave, she always gets the Caesar Salad with truffle oil.
On top of that, we love the cocktails. Around our parts, half our regular dinner bill is comprised of drinks and cocktails - she loves bellinis, and I love sampling all kinds of Martinis and other cocktails.
Location isn't really an issue, unless we make a rez for Saturday night and then we'd have to stay relatively close to the Theater District. I don't want to say that I don't have a budget, because I don't mind spending money, but I'd rather stay away from places that are going to run me into debt. From things I've read on the boards, wd50 seems right up our alley, but I don't know if their menu caters to the girl's particularity.
There you have it. We're just two rad kids from Ohio who are madly in love and plan on exploring the Big Apple for a whirlwind weekend. What say you, hounds?