Will do @thereuare!
My backup reservation is at the Mayfair which I know doesn't have the best reviews but looks like a good location and was $1,350 USD for 9 Nov to 16 Nov.
Price: My upper limit is 200 USD/night all in (do you think that's achievable?).
Star Rating: Not too fussed, but ideally 3.5*+ - just don't want a dodgy hostel type 'hotel'!
Areas: Agree with you about not needing to be right in Times Square. At the moment I'm thinking of anywhere that fits the budget in: Times Square; Midtown West; Empire State Building; Rockefeller Centre; Chelsea; Central Park South and Midtown East.
If that Empire State Building 4* hotel reappears for 134/nite again, I think I'll go for that one!
Fingers crossed now.