Mom's coming to town - where to go in walking distance from Lex and 30th
I would like to take her to somewhere new but don't have to many ideas. We want good food and a place where we can have a conversation. And we will want to go early (maybe 6 PM) because she'll be jetlagged.
Previous choices have been:
- Benjamin's (many times, that would be my fall back option)
- Tibetan kitchen
- Da Ciro
- Ali Baba
- Park Bistro
- Cafe Creme
Right now I'm considering Tabla Bread Bar, Phoenix Garden, Tamarind and Trio. Opinions or better suggestions?
Tabla Bread Bar will be filled with 20/30-somethings enjoying happy hour. Great for me, but not necessarily for you and mom.
Trio is nice, but an awfully dour room.
Cafe at Country might work - though would be on the high-end of your budget. Artisanal is a decent option but teeters on the louder end of the spectrum, though it might not be that bad at 6PM.
I love Park Bistro but confess that its been hit or miss lately. Summer months aren't the restaurants strong suit. But the room is nice, service is nice and generally the food is just right...esp. if the chef/owner Richard is in the back.
Penelope is on the lower end of the spectrum (dont forget to bring cash) as far as prices and effort into the cooking is concerned. That being said, its one of my favorite places in the city for a chill meal whether lunch, brunch or dinner.
I can't speak for the other restaurants.
"I'd like to take her somewhere new..."
Did you mean a new restaurant or new as in someplace you haven't already tried? My first choice in that neighborhood would be La Petite Auberge (116 Lex, between 27th & 28th Streets). It's been around quite a while and they offer good, old-fashioned French food, pleasant service, a low-key atmosphere and reasonable prices.
You could take her to Campanile (29th street between Madison and Park avenue south). Very good Italian and no 20-30 crowd yelling at the top of their lungs like at Houston's!
Meli-Melo on Madison seems quite nice and not too expensive. I heard great things about it. It is on Madison around 30th street.
Cafe Creme is closed on Saturdays and Sundays in August.
No surprise to those who read this board regularly that I concur with the La Petite Auberge suggestion.
Another French bistro that I like is the tiny, charming Cosette. (Practically next door to Trio, which I also like.)
I notice you've listed Ali Baba as a place you've been to. If you and your Mom are in the mood for Turkish food, why not try my favorite, Turkish Kitchen?
Re: new restaurants. We had a delicious dinner at Parea, on 20th St., b/t Park Av. S. & B'way, not long after they opened in May. The cuisine is modern Greek -- very different from Ethos, another of our favorites. I've heard that the noise level can be high, but we went early in the evening and did not encounter that problem.
Hope your Mom has a wonderful stay and Bon Appetit!