Can anyone help on this, please?
Coming to New York for the first time on the 10th March, two-wleeks-stay, location Upper East Side.
We love cozy places, warm atmospheres and good quality of food. Dinner for two in a price range between $ 100 - 150 or lower for prix fix. During our two weeks-stay we plan to try several restaurants and bistros etc.
Has anyone of you tried these places and what do you think of them, in terms of ambience and food? Any suggested alternative is very welcome.
1_ Tibetan restaurants: Cafe' Himalaya, Tibetan Kitchen ,Tsampa
2_ Haveli, Indian
3_ El Paso Taqueria
4_ El Maguey y la tuna
I ate at a Tibetan restaurant that was down near the Kip's Bay movie theatre...don't remember which one it was though. I believe it was the first Tibetan place in NYC though.
Quite honestly, it was OK, but not really memorable. The dishes were all kind of bland, certainly not spicy as described. It kind of just felt like substandard chinese-ish food. Interesting to say I'd had it once, but definitely not worth hiking back to.
I've eaten at Tibetan Kitchen as well. It's not bad at all, but it's not exceptional by any stretch. If I lived in the neighborhood I would probably drop in or order take out on occasion, but I wouldn't really deem it worth a trip out of one's way. I will say that the service was lovely, accomodating and helpful, and we were a group of 20 or so. I think the biggest fault I can come up with regarding the food is that it's not as interesting as one might anticipate, the flavors and spices aren't really unfamiliar.
I always recommend Tartine in the West Village, but it's BYOB and you have to go early or wait on the street. Very nice, bistro-style French
Can't miss w/Joe's Shanghai on Pell Street in Chinatown--best soup dumplings.
In the East Village try Azul for wonderufl Argentinian food or 'Inoteca for lovely wines and light Italian.
Pizza Fresca in the Flatiron District is wonderful
Stop by 11 Madison Park for killer martinis, gougeres, wines by the glass, and desserts in the bar.
Taqueria: The best tacqueria i know is near columbia university, tacqueria y fonda, amsterdam around 103rd, i think. inexpensive, looks like a hole in the wall but great mexican food.
Indian: there is a great high end indian restaurant called Tamarind on 22nd street, not to be confused with the upper west side Tamarind which is one of the best indian take-out's but the dine in experience is nothing unique. tamarind on 22nd is special.
You should definately experience some of the more experimental restaurants like WD40. the lunch tasting menu for two will run 100-150 i think.