So, this is short notice, but our team from work is going for dinner this Thursday (Jan 15). Budget is somewhat restrictive for the typical restaurant in Midtown that caters to the business crowd with fatter wallets. We're looking to spend around $30 per head including tax and tip - this is just a general target, so I'm ok with something a little less or a little more.
By "Midtown", I mean within a ~15 min. walk of Grand Central.
Very important that we go somewhere that is comfortably spaced, not too loud (we want to be able to hear everyone at the table). A bonus would be a bar/lounge nearby where we could all sit, relax, and enjoy a few drinks before/after dinner.
Thanks in advance for your advice!