I'm looking for a dinner spot for my wife's 30th birthday (Nov 17th). There will be 6-8 of us, with some foodie friends from Chicago as well. I'm looking for a place that would be good for sharing courses as we drink heavily throughout the night. Some of my wife's favorite spots are: Alta, Morimoto, C&S, Gemma, Blue Ribbon Sushi, Bond St., Buster's Cafe, Kefi...
Budget would be around $120/person including wine.
I'm looking for a place that is not as expensive as Morimoto or C&S, but has a great ambiance/energy to it. (I basically want her friends from Chicago to think that NYC is cooler)