Coming in with wife and two fun girls in there 30's
Where to go? I like off beat places to socialize and drink. The women like interesting places with good atmosphere for dining. We are coming in two weeks. We are staying on East 83rd but will travel within Manhattan Thanks for any help.
Are you a beer, wine, or cocktail drinker?
What's your budget, per person, before tax, tip, and drinks/wine/beer?
How interesting is interesting, do you eat offal? Spicy food? How far off the beaten path are you willing to go?
Are you OK with waiting for a table if the place is popular?
Where are you coming from, so we don't recommend cuisines you can easily get at home? Boston?
Had a decent very late dinner at Employees Only on a recent trip. Good food (albeit with a limited menu), much better than expected wine list, and a VERY eclectic crown. More a bar than a restaurant, it's loud as hell, but very interesting and eclectic music. There's that word eclectic, again!! No idea what its like earlier in the evening. But ended up having quite a good time.
The Standard Grill could be a good choice for you, it's got a good vibe/scene but it does get loud at dinner. Last time I was there, I really enjoyed the duck meatballs with polenta.
Try out SD26. Awesome chic vibe with authentic italian cuisine right across from Madison square park. Their uovo raviolo is divine. Lots of places nearby that are great for drinks before and after too if you want to make a night of it...ie 230 Fifth (rooftop bar) or Mihoko 21 Grams...new franco japanese fusion place!