Five Points or Red Cat?
My SO and I are on a tight budget these days and set aside $400 a month for eating out. We usually divide up the $ by having one more expensive night out - by definition of our budget, that's about $150-175 or so incl everything - and the rest is for a few moderate meals. Of course we can blow the whole $400 on one meal but for this month we want to go out more than just once.
We've poured through the threads and we've come down to Five Points or Red Cat (we were looking for modern American in our budget) for this month's pricier meal. Both come highly recommended on the board and seem quite similar in terms of food, prices and atmosphere (though Red Cat sounds like it will be a little louder which is totally fine).
So the question is should we just flip a coin and either way we win?
Red Cat is better. I just went to Five Points last weekend. While it was better than expected, it wasn't great and the service was really slow. I think Five Points is louder than Red Cat.
On a visit to Manhattan a few years ago, my wife and I decided on dining at Five Points because of its proximity to the Blue Man Group theatre and favorable reports here. We were not disappointed! While it is hard to recall the exact dishes we ate (although I willing to bet my wife had a rather safe steak -- she is not gastronomically adventurous), I do recall that the service was wonderful, the atmosphere interesting, and the food was excellent.
Be sure to tell us about your visit if you decide to go!
If you wanted to do brunch, I would select Five Points. I prefer their brunch to their dinner. If it was for dinner, than do Red Cat.