Restaurant with great ambiance
Trip to NYC next weekend to celebrate my 40th birthday. Looking for a restaurant that I can get reservations at for Saturday night. Buddakan is not available -- doesn't have to be Asian, but looking for great atmosphere -- fun, visually interesting with great food. Price range -- maxing out at $150 for two (pre-drinks). Never been to NYC before -- so I welcome your suggestions. Might do a harbor tour beforehand, so looking for something around 9:30 or 10. Any area of Manhattan.
If you like Buddakan type of ambiance (i.e. great ambiance & OK food), try the newly opened Tao Downtown, which is a spin-off of Tao Midtown. At least the food was better than that of its midtown counterpart and service was very good. It's right across the street from Buddakan too.