Nice Restaurant for Visiting Brother and Wife with 12 year old Daughter Union Square/ East Side
So my brother and his wife and 12 year old daughter are coming into town next week, and we are trying to go out to a nice dinner before my niece comes to hang out with me for the weekend. But where to go with the niece who won't be overwhelmed by the food, but will please my brother who likes nice restaurants and even better wine lists.
I currently have reservations at Gramercy Tavern but am unsure about it given the new menu as to whether my niece will like it and given last week's review in the Times. My brother and his wife are going to Union Square the next night so that's out.
Where else to go? They are staying at the W in Union Square, but we don't necessarily have to stay around there. Oh and did I mention, we will be celebrating all three of their birthdays this night? Help! cbw
Telepan was excellent the night we dined there on the Upper West Side.
Just a little north of Union Square, though, you'll find Pizza Fresca (on 20th between Broadway and Park Avenue South). It's one of our favorites, with a lovely wine list, tasty and unusual pizzas and terrific pasta.
Just off Union Square on the West side, how about Havana (festive, noisy, wonderful pork sandwich w/garlic mayo). PRetty casual, though.
There's always Craftbar on Broadway, which should have something to please everyone.
If you want swank, you can always go to 11 Madison Park, the gougeres alone are worth a trek.
You might want to consider Veritas (directly across the street from Gramercy Tavern). Chef Scott Bryan's superb New American cuisine is not overly complex, yet still has wonderful flavors, so everyone will enjoy it, and your niece will not be overwhelmed. If your brother is into wine, he will be in ecstasy since Veritas has one of the most extraordinary lists in the city. Service is cordial and efficient; the dining room has stylish contemporary decor; and the noise level is conversation-friendly. Definitely a celebratory kind of place.