Where to Eat Near Lincoln Center
A perennial problem. Try Nick and Tony's, behind Barnes & Noble -- the food was good on the one occasion I've eaten there so far, and they have an excellent and fairly priced wine list (which is what drew me in) -- I recommend the Ramsay Pinot Noir, which was so good both my companion and I went around the corner to 67 Wines to pick up a bottle.
re: John Knoesel
Picholine is great, I agree. There's also Cafe des Artistes, which is a classic. For a less expensive meal, Santa Fe, on 69th off Columbus, serves pretty good upscale Southwestern, and a great margarita to boot. If you're feeling like a simple bowl of pasta with excellent marinara sauce (fresh flavor with the perfect balance of tang and sweetness) try heading up just a little bit to Arte Pasta (on 73rd off Columbus), which offers a bargain bowl at $5.95 (get extra sauce on the side). I can't guarantee their other dishes though.
I agree on Nick & Toni's.
Another place to consider: Shun Lee Cafe -- right next
to the "real" Shun Lee. Less asthetically pleasing
visually, but gastronomically the food comes from the
same kitchen and my experience has been that you can
order almost anything from the main menu for a couple
of dollars less per plate in the "cafe". Also, great
carts of dim sum are constantly (some say annoyingly)
rolled around and offered up.
You also might want to consider Josephina. Again, in
the lower price range, but a perfectly nice room with
good American/Mediterranean food with an accent on
healthier choices. Often overlooked, but it shouldn't
re: Jake Klisivitch
I'm glad you brought up searching and thanks for the
reminder - I don't always think to search but I must
add that sometimes my searches don't work - like I'll
do a search for picholine or frites and sometimes
something will turn up but at other times the same
exact search with the same exact word with the same
exact spacing, starting at the same exact place,
produces nothing - has anyone else had that problem?
I had lunch last week at Picholine and it was
excellent. I went there specifically because of their
renowned cheese cart (which looked delicious - not
the cart, but the cheeses on it), but ended up having
the Chef's Tasting Menu, which I'd highly recommend.
Chef Brennan came out several times and spoke to people
at different tables. All in all, it was a very good
meal, and I'd recommend going there to anyone.
(Aaron Brown of ABC News and his dining companion sat
right across from me, too.)