Dinner near 12th and 6th
Staying in NYC at 12th and 6th at the end of July. My wife and I always enjoy eating out in Manhattan. Looking for a nice neighborhood restaurant within walking distance. A comfortable place that does not require me to hit the speed dial button 28 days before to snag a reservation. I guess a place like Babbo without all the hype and hassle...
For Italian: Crispo, Po Otto
Otherwise: Cafe de Bruxelles, Cornelia St. Cafe, Deborah, Snack Taverna
Go to Gotham Bar and Grill or Japonica. Gotham is beautiful, and Japonica has the nicest staff of any restaurant in NY. It is just about to celebrate its 30th anniversary, and there are tons of dishes besides sushi. If you tell Shingo (the owner) that is your anniversary, he will take good care of you.
these are no where near as expensive nor are they as gourmet as Babbo, but if you want to feel part of the neighborhood...
Village (9th at the corner of 6th Ave)-great neighborhood spot, friendly staff and good, bistro food.
Gusto (Greenwich Ave)..a bit classier, but good Italian and a great atmostphere / vibe. always buzzing
Cafe Asean (Greenwich Ave and W 10th)-southeast asian, a garden, CHEAP, and the sweetest staff. A gem of a restaurant
For lunch or a very casual dinner, I love Elephant & Castle (Greenwich Ave). it's unpretentious, a real neighborhood establishment and solid "pub grub" wiht a warm staff and VERY reasonable prices.
I've heard mixed reviews of BLT Burger, but could be good to saddle up to the bar for a beer and a burger
Flors KItchen--waverly b/t 6th and 7th. I think it's undervalued. Again-warm staff, small cozy space and great arepas.
Crispo, on 14th between 7th and 8th is HUGELY underrated and one of nyc's best kept secrets. there's a beautiful garden in the back, the food is superb, the service lovely, and it's not expensive at all. Hmmm, maybe I shouldn't tell... it will get more crowded!
It's a really lovely place, definitely go and check it out.