need great restaurant that is well-lit
My brother is turning 50 in a few weeks, and I'm
planning to take him and his wife to dinner to
celebrate. He is visually impaired and cannot see in
the dark at all, so I need to find a place that has
both great food and really good lighting. Cost isn't
really an issue, since I'm willing to splurge for the
occasion, but they're pretty down-to-earth people and
probably wouldn't feel comfortable in a tony place
like Daniel or Aureole (both of which are reasonably
well-lit, if I recall correctly). I was considering
Union Square Cafe, but I had dinner at the bar there a
few weeks ago and just wasn't wowed by the food
(second time this has happened to me at that
restaurant). I haven't been to Grammercy Tavern or
Veritas -- can anyone comment on the lighting in
either place, or offer an alternative suggestion?
no specific suggestions, buy why not consider a
leisurely weekend luncheon instead of a dinner?
natural light can be a big help in enhancing the
eating experience, and some of my top eating
experiences (thought not in NYC) have been Sunday
dinners with all the time in the world. Does anyone
know of any restaurants that do Sunday dinner well?
re: jen kalb
Thanks to all for the suggestions. I had
thought of a weekend lunch/early dinner, but it's much
more difficult for all of us to arrange babysitting on
a weekend afternoon. I think I'll walk by Grammercy
this week to check out the lighting (and maybe for a
little snack at the bar while I'm at it...)
Veritas is great, but *dark.*
Gotham is dark-ish.
Gramercy is definitely the best lit of the three, esp
in the cafe area. Also with that special Danny
Meyerland hospitality, maybe you can call in advance
and have them up the wattage above your table.
Walk by at night--you'll be see how dark the first two
are from the street. Gramercy's dining room is more
I'm a fan of both Gotham and Gramercy Tavern.
Gramercy is quite light; Gotham is darker if my
recollection is correct, but not so dark that a
nonimpaired person couldn't read the menu.
Haven't been to Veritas.
Other than the fine service and hospitality, I don't
associate Union Square with Gramercy Tavern. The food
is quite different and, IMO, superior at GT.