Here's my dilema...I'll be in NYC for new years and I need a restaurant to go to with my girlfriend. We're both from DC, originally from Philly, and KNOW how restaurants can be when you're choosing blind. I've been through the small plates (how many will it take to feed me tonight!), the stuffy restaurants, the fancy preparations that you hate to eat, the "what is this, what does this mean, garnished with what?".
I want a good meal that I don't have to think about - one where we're comfortable, get good food, and feel relaxed. I don't mean inexpensive (price isn't an issue), I don't mean casual, but I mean comfortable. Think BlackSalt or Zola in DC, or most BYOs in Philly. Good, solid food with no pretensions.
So, where should I go? I thought of Mesa Grill only because of name recognition, but beyond that, I'm lost in NYC beyond that the NY Times tells me. Anytime on 12/30 works for us, and I know I have enough time to get into MOST places. We'll be staying at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, but I'm really open to anywhere in Manhattan.
Thanks in advance for the advice!!!