Lunch and dinner in NY, NY
- Cheryl Douglas
My friend and I are coming to New York from London in the UK for a shopping trip. We want to visit some really nice restaurants (not to expensive) with a lot of atmosphere (basically lots of fun!). Can anyone recomend anywhere in Manhatten, Greenwish etc.
Mesa Grill and the more casual Mesa City are both reasonably priced restaurants with a fun atmosphere. The food at Mesa Grill is better and there is a larger selection. Bobby Flay is the Chef and he is well known in the US for his excellent southwestern food.
La Mela in Little Italy is a unique dining experience. The italian food is tasty, and the service and decor are very, very original. There is no menu and you basically negotiate the price of your meal when you are done.
Cite is a steakhouse (without the typical beer-hall decor) in midtown (near Rockeller Center). The have a deal where all the wine with your meal is included for free. The choice of wine is good, as is the food.
One thing to do would be to park yourselves at the bar
of Patria (Park Ave. South & 20th St.), get a couple
of cocktails like the Mojito or Patria Colada, and
then order some apps. off the menu. Do try the
Honduran Fire & Ice tuna ceviche -- it's delicious,
plus the presentation is awesome. The chef Doug
Rodriguez is doing interesting things with his Nuevo
I also recommend Union Pacific (on East 22nd St.)which
is 2 blocks away from Patria. Beautifully decorated,
with a very talented chef in Rocco di Spirito. They
also have a lounge to try if you feel dinner is too
There are also 2 restaurants in the new hip
neighborhood of NOLITA (North of Little Italy)worth a
try. Rialto - 265 Elizabeth St (Betw. Houston &
Prince), and La Cigale - 231 Mott St. (Betw. Prince &
You should also take in the atmosphere in the
downstairs lounge of Chez Es Saada in the East Village
at 42 East First St. (betw. 1st & 2nd Ave.) Food can
get quite expensive and is only ok, so you can skip
that. Just go for drinks.
If you like a late night nosh, go to Blue Ribbon - 97
Sullivan St (near Spring St). Get the bone marrow
with oxtail marmalade (yum !!) or make friends with
Alonzo (hope he's still there) the oyster man at the
bar. If you crave sushi, walk up the block to Blue
Ribbon Sushi (119 Sullivan St).
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