Looking for a really yummy place somewhere in the vicinity of 64st-52nd st and between 3rd and 5ths aves.
Not terribly specific to ethnicity, but Indian, Dim Sum, Italian or French would be nice.
Not $$$$ too expensive.
we are meeting some friends who are laying over for a night and they're staying at the Omni and we are staying at the Affinia Gardens....so close to either of those.
If you need more specs, let me know
I would be more helpful if you gave us a per person dollar amount for food only (drinks, tax & tip additional). That said....
Since you say you are open to various ethnicities, I'd suggest Aquavit, on 55th St., b/t Park & Madison. Delicious Scandinavian-inspired cuisine. Very nice ambiance. If the a la carte menu in the formal dining room is beyond your budget, they are offering a 3-course dinner prix-fixe for $35. You can also eat in the more casual Cafe.
I would not recommend Zarela. The food's o.k., though nothing to rave about. More to the restaurant's detriment, the bar area is such a packed (and loud) scene, that it's difficult to make one's way to the reception stand at the rear. There are some seats on that level, but the zoo-ish atmospherics make them uncomfortable. And there is no comfort to be had upstairs because the tables are jammed so tightly, one is sitting practically in some stranger's lap.
There is better Mexican food plus far pleasanter atmospherics at the two sister restaurants, Pamapano (49th St., b/t 2nd & 3rd) and Maya (1st Av., b/t 64th & 65th). Neither is in exactly the o.p.'s geographical range.
I suggest Cellini, to which I've always walked from around the Omni. It's either on 52nd or 54th st. (I believe 54th) between Park and Madison. Great Italian food and a nice atmosphere to sit and talk.