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Friends of mine are travelling to NYC (first-timers); they're not overly internet savvy, but very serious foodies like myself, and thus, I'm trying to help them figuring out where to dine. My problem is that I haven't been to New York for about 350 years, so have no idea about current dining hot spots.
They like to do quick/light lunches, and their principal meal is dinner, so lunch/brunch is only a minor issue here (nonetheless, a few options also for this part of the day). They have nine evenings, so want to choose nine dinner restaurants, or perhaps just eight in order to go back to their favourite place the last evening. Well... we've assembled a list of 25 possible restaurants, and a few more for lunch/brunch, as I said; and also some out of the 25 might end up being chosen just for a quick lunch (your input, please!?). They don't mind traveling an hour by subway for a good meal, since as I said, they're serious foodies. On two or three evenings, they may want to splurge and go for something really expensive, but definitely not every day. They long for variety, and definitely want to include a steak house, Chinese, and Japanese (sushi and not) cuisine; Italian is not their first priority since they can get first-rate Italian food most of the time (they live in Italy for a good part of the year), so the few Italian places included in the list need particularly judicial examination.

Would you please help to narrow down the choice? In alphabetical order:
Aldea
Le Bernardin
Blue Hill
Café con Leche
Degustation
Fu Run
Grand Sichuan International
Hunan House (I understand there are two places of this name in Queens - here, we're talking about the one on Northern Boulevard)
Imperial Palace
Katsuno
Kyo Ya
Little Pepper
Meskerem
Momofuku Ssäm
Nan Shian Dumpling House
New Pasteur
Peter Luger Steak House
Ping’s (on Queens Boulevard, not in Chinatown)

Sachiko’s on Clinton
Sfoglia (included because the chef-owners both worked at Cibreo in Florence earlier in their career, and Cibreino is my friends' favourite Florence restaurant - anyone being able to compare Cibreo/Cibreino to Sfoglia??)
Spicy & Tasty
Tomoe Sushi
Ushiwakamaru
Vice Versa

And finally, the very short list for lunch/brunch/snack (any of these not even worth considering?):
Baoguette
Café Sabarsky
Doughnut Plant
Five Points
Gray's Papaya (just for fun - typical local fare anyway!)
Prune

Thanks in advance for your help!

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