Fancy lunch ideas?
A dear friend and I are planning a high-end lunch date on Friday. We are celebrating a birthday and also mourning some recent losses, and we want to get together in style with great food and a mid-afternoon bottle of wine. Since my friend lives in LA he is especially interested in a Batali spot, but Lupa is too casual and Babbo isn't open for lunch. We would love to keep this downtown-ish (I was thinking Cookshop or 5 Ninth initially), but given that fancy lunches are most often had in midtown, I am open to some ideas above 23rd street -- even though I don't want it to be all men in suits having power lunches. With some convincing of the quailty of food and experience, I would be open to Aquavit, the Modern, Lever House.. any other ideas or strong recommendations out there?