An old friend coming to town
An old friend is coming to town (a rare occasion). She wants to go to the Guggenheim and/or go to lunch, not necessarily in that order. She would go anywhere I suggested but I persuaded her to tell me what her preference would be:
"Elegant but not stuffy, classy, upbeat not staid, chic but not too too dressy, not too young and not too old [we are 45]. Must have tablecloths."
Suggestions? It doesn't have to be near the Guggenheim but it should be in Manhattan. Those who are picky about where they dine are especially welcome to weigh in.
if she was willing to do a dinner, Scarpetta would fit those criteria perfectly...but they are not open for lunch...
i've never been to Fleur de Sel but based on descriptions here, it might fit...
Gramercy Tavern or EMP also could work...
lunch at le berardin is very good, not stuffy. men must wear a jacket. price is damned reasonable at lunch. reservation is a good idea.