Tribeca recs for dinner this holiday season
- nyufoodie Dec 5, 2006 10:27 PM
Meeting-up with some real good friends for our annual holiday dinner next, next Friday -we will be a group of 5/6 people in our 30's.
We were thinking of going to Blaue Gans (a personal favorite) which doesn't take reservations. But, some of my friends don't like to take chances.
Can you please recommend places that we can also go to that has good to great food that is not a dive and takes reservations?
Other places beyond,Danube and Nobu as I've already been there and not really interested on going back.
Budget: below 75 per person inclusive of drinks/wine
Cuisine: Preferably not Japanese
I've never had a problem getting seated at BG, even on a Saturday night. Upstairs is great, but you'll probably have a harder time getting in there. You could also try Odeon (I haven't been but have heard good things), Landmarc, Petite Abeille, or Duane Park Cafe. Bread Tribeca is also pretty good, but service can be rude.
I would second Landmarc. Nice room, great wine list, and a menu that can accomodate a variety of palates. Might be tough to get a reservation though. Or go earlyish, leave your cell #, and head up a few blocks to Vino Vino (West Broadway b/w Franklin and White) for a quartino while you wait for your table to be ready.
City Hall, right next to Blaue Gans, has been a favorite of ours for years. The space is elegant yet accessible and a group your size would have no problems getting a reservation. The classic menu isn't wildly extensive but what they do they do very well. I had a terrific Delmonico steak there a few weeks back.
Our bill came to $152 (for two) inclusive of starters, mains, a bottle of wine, tax and tip. You should know that doesn't include the drinks we had at the wonderful bar before our meal. They're not cheap - martinis are $11.00. One of the best bars in the city.
www.cityhallnewyork.com You can book through Opentable.com
Actually, the prices are directly comparable with Landmarc - I just checked my records from my last visit and saw that both bills were within a couple of dollars of each other.
If you're looking to trim your costs a bit you could have drinks in the area at Walker's, a classic bar over on Varick.
I agree with The Harrison, and for Petite Abeille I tend to hold out for brunch.
I just tried Mai House (Vietnamese) last week after talking about it for so long. Great. They have original cocktails that my friend and I enjoyed-and the food was absolutely beautiful. Much more fresh than I thought Bao 111 was (same chef). All in all, we spent about $60 with drinks per person. I don't know if you can get reservations on the weekend though. We went on a Wednesday and the place was already booked.
Thanks for the recs! It's a tossed-up between City Hall, Harrison and Mai House right now...we will likely end-up where we can get a reservation.