Plum Pomodor-- lower Wash Heights
This is lower Washington Height's first upscale restaurant (on Bway bet 168 and 169), and it's owned by the same people who opened Restaurant Lulu and Cuhina. Inside it looks like it could be in the West Village (lots of dark wood, candlelit tables, wine racks and apples as decorations) and it has fairly high prices for the neighborhood (approx. $9-11 apps, $12-14 pastas, mains $16-20). But the food is surprisingly good.
We tried a Napoleon of beets and goat cheese, a truffle-scented butternut squash soup (apps), linguini with shrimp and calamari in a spicy tomato sauce, lamb with mashed and broccoli (mains) and a flourless chocolate cake. All good (though the mashed was a bit saltier than I would have liked, but DH felt it was balanced by the tender meatiness of the lamb), with the surprise standout being dessert, which was like choc fudge lightened a bit with choc mousse. It was served with orange-scented whipped cream. I only planned to take a bite or two, but we fought over every last crumb.
Price for 2 pre-dinner drinks, 2 glasses of red, 2 apps, 2 mains and 1 dessert (including tax but not tip) was just under $200. Easy to walk in even on a Saturday night.