Good Eats on 34th
I'll be staying with some friends at the newly renovated Ramada Inn this weekend, next to Madison Square Garden. I need some suggestions for quality American food at good price in the area. I'm not looking for fast food or chain restauarants as the area is a magnet for it. Want a well-reviewed, moderately-priced place for a Friday night "experience". All suggestions welcome! And let me know if I need to make any reservations at the place you may recommend. Thanks in advance.
If you want only American food, my choice would be the pub at Keens, the more casual offshoot of the steakhouse. A classic NY institution.
If you just want a great hang-out bar, I love the GingerMan on E. 36th St, off 5th Ave. Casual with a tavern-like feel, it's a good place to meet in a group. Not too loud for conversation and plenty of tables to score. One of the best beer selections in NYC, many on tap. They have pub grub available but nothing stellar.
For a view or something outdoors, head to trendier bar Rare View on the rooftop of the Shelburne Hotel on Lexington Ave at 38th. Expect expensive drinks, but you'll get a great view of the lights of the Empire State Building. Good burgers at on the ground floor restaurant Rare.
Anyone know of upscale bars near 34th street that serve quality food and have a great crowd on a friday night? Not looking for dive bars (going to hit that some time later in the weekend). Looking for a place to eat and hang out at the bar afterwards to meet up with some local friends.