I'm freaking out...anyone been to Gradisca?
My family is coming for dinner on Tuesday, and I forgot to make a reservation. I need a place that has truly good, but not necessarily fancy food, and will not break the bank (under $35 per person, not including wine?). The various parties insist that it be not terribly noisy, not French, not Chinese, preferably downtown, and I need to make a reservation for eight...I'm freaking out.
Anyone been to Gradisca? Pipa? Any ideas?
I thought about what I'd do in your situation, and the first thing that popped into my mind was Grange Hall, in the west village. I've been going there for years, and I've never had a bad experience. Jim has it listed in his book, but I don't know if he still stands by that recommendation. Their menu is American comfort/farmhouse food, and they are known for their mixed drinks, especially Cosmopolitans and the like. They also have interesting American wine and beer lists, including some local vintages. They have lots of great vegetable side dishes, but sometimes I'll just order a few as my entree becaue they're so tasty. Another good appetizer is the smoked trout. The entrees are hearty, running along the lines of pork chops and fish, and I believe all the game is organic. The vibe is very nice and the service is usually very good, and I've only had one bad experience there. Reservations are a must, especially for a party. I have had a party of 8 there before. Good luck. There's a NY Today link included below for all requisite information.
Haven't been to Gradisca.
My suggestion is Volare, a good Italian restaurant on West 4th Street near 6th Avenue. The prices are reasonable and you shouldn't have trouble getting in. Good luck!