Need rec from midtown restaurant
Two chowhounds from So. Cal. will be spending 5 nights in NYC over Labor Day weekend. We already have 4 of the 5 restaurants picked out:
We realize that this is a bit Batali-heavy but we have friends that were able to get us the reservations so we decided to go for it. Where should we go Sunday night? We would like to find something that is not quite as much of an "event" as the others, is less expensive, and preferably within walking distance from our hotel (the Blakley on 55th between 6th and 7th). Ethnic is great with us but we are not interested in sushi, Japanese, Mexican, Thai, and Korean since we have so much of that where we live, or Italian since we already will be eating at Babbo and Lupa. Turkish or Indian sounds good but we couldn't find any in the area, but we are absolutely open to anything. So what would you suggest?
I might as well let you know that we are planning to eat at Katz' for lunch during the week and dumplings at Joe's Shanghai. We would be interested in Chinese but I usually don't think that Chinese works very well with only two people.
Thanks in advance and I'm looking forward to hearing your suggestions.
In roughly that area, I like Utsav (second choice Chola) for Indian on 58th between 2nd and 3rd, although I encourage you to check to make sure I have the right cross streets. They are right near Bloomingdales. For Indian not as close to your hotel, I really like Tamarind on Park Avenue, I think in the 20s. For Indian "fusion", Table on 23rd off Madison Square Park.
I've not tried Tabla, but always enjoy the food (fusion, as Olive123 writes) at Bread Bar, which is below Tabla, more casual and less expensive. I didn't write up my report on Chola, but I found it disappointing, and prefer Dawat, though it's a bit dated etc. Haven't tried Utsav yet, and will put it on my list. I've only eaten at Tamarind once, and it was a while ago, but had a good meal, and also liked Devi (a number of recent Devi reports, I think).