Having a babysitter is awesome. My husband and I get out at least biweekly for baby-free time while he sleeps.
A few weeks ago we went to Tao in the Meatpacking District. Tao is not new, is still trendy enough that I had to book a table several weeks in advance, and is surprisingly larger. I was made a major fan.
Aside from loving the pretentiousness of the place, the cocktails were a great start (have the Tiger Lilly). The design was really neat. I loved the how tables were stadium style as you ascended to the dining floor. We got a booth in one of those tables which was awesome for people watching. Decor was spot on. Music loud but you could still have a conversation. The bathrooms were mildly confusing.
What will bring me back was the food. I had the crispy chicken, which was incredible. For sides my husband and I shared barbecue duck fried rice, and wok-fried szechuan potatoes. Honestly, the GF / seafood free options were limited (could be expected), but they certainly had enough to keep me happy. You can't go wrong with duck fried rice afterall.