Title says it all. Friends from Chicago coming in mid-October for a couple of nights, and they are kind of obsessed with trying new Michelin-starred places. We’re flexible on neighborhood but East-ish midtown-ish is preferable. No vegetarian/vegan, no sushi/seafood-heavy - otherwise flexible on cuisine.
Price point is not a major concern but generally speaking we have limited interest in super-formal, $400 prix-fixe menus. $100-150pp for food only is probably a good ballpark. We like a livelier atmosphere, great cocktails, shareable plates, delicious but unfussy food overall. Last time they were here (pre-COVID) we went to the Breslin, which we all enjoyed. Would the Tavern at Gramercy fit the bill? Casa Mono still worthwhile (we have enjoyed it in the past but it has been years)? Upland? TIA for your recommendations!
ETA: I see Upland no longer has a star, but the menu looks right up our alley - I think I will float that past our friends and see if they like the idea. Also, upon checking out a handful of the menus at Korean places, I think we can safely eliminate Korean from the running, with the possible exception of Cote Steakhouse.