Visiting from Toronto in February with two other ladies, late-20's, early-30's. Looking for places that new, fun, and serve amazing food for reasonable prices (yes I realize, most are in Williamsburg or Greenwich Village). We're staying in the Upper West Side (80th/1st) but are more than willing to travel particularly if the good spots are near shopping/museums where we may also spend time.
Personally, I love small plate, grazing-type places with focus on local ingredients and great treatments of veg and seafood, though I don't shy away from pork, red meat, offal, etc, I prefer to make veggies/seafood my focus. (For reference some of my favourite recent meals have been at Enoteca Sociale in Toronto, Publican in Chicago and Incanto in San Francisco). I'd be willing to do one meal in the $20-30/main dish range, but prefer cheaper if it's doable. Affordable wines by the glass also an asset.
Last time in NYC CH'ers sent my husband and I to Inoteca and we LOVED it. So I'm looking for whatever is great, new or old, given what I've detailed above. Thanks so much!