Sunday dinner on the East side?
We'll be in NYC for 4 nights and will be hitting some pretty expensive and upscale places. We do have a free night when we arrive on Sunday and are looking for something not too fussy or expensive (less than $100pp) ideally not too far (or a short cab ride) from our hotel on 57th & Lex. We'd like something comfortable, not too loud serving good drinks and American, French, Italian food...or seafood in our area. Sunday seems to be a bit of a problem; we'd love some recommendations.
I'm assuming $100pp is total - includes tax, tip, and drinks?
$100 before tax/tip is around $77.
Minus, say, two drinks each @ $12 (average) per drink, that's around a $53 menu price (how the $$s fritter away, I know...)
Around Midtown I'd suggest...
Bar Room @ The Modern - though it can add up quick, fine if you're eating light.
Bar @ Aquavit - not as adventurous as the regular dinner in their main dining room, but solid Nordic comfort food and very good cocktails, really underrated bar program.
Alfama - hearty Portuguese fare, good wines, never tried the cocktails
The National - nothing crazy creative, but well-executed American fare.
Monkey Bar - great drinks, though the food menu might be a little on the pricey side.
If you want something that's "just neighborhood" and within walking distance, then Luna Piena for Italian, on 53rd between 3rd and 2nd; Jubilee for French on 1st between 52nd & 53rd. All menus are available at menupages.com
If the weather is nice and you want to take a stroll down Lexington to Murray Hill:
Le Parisien: French bistro
I Trulli: Italian
Ethos: Greek, excellent seafood
Wild Edibles: Seafood
If you like Middle Eastern food walk over to:
Al Bustan for excellent authentic Lebanese/Syrian