Best by Neighborhood - UWS & West Village
Hello - I will be taking my 3rd trip to New York in a few months, my second in a year. Last time, we ate at Crispo, Landmarc, Savoy, Balthazar, & Pastis - so we don't want any repeats. My parents will also be joining us, and I want to keep my Dad away from Tavern on the Green!!
I would love a great restaurant pick on the Upper West Side, and one in the West Village. If we could keep the budget around 50-80/person, that would be great. Thanks!
Here are a few options on the Upper West Side - both lunch and dinner:
My top choice would be to get a reservation at Dovetail for their prix fixe three course Sunday supper (they only do it on Sunday nights - significantly more expensive on other days). One of the best meals I've had in 2008 and pretty unbeatagble PQR.
Kefi for a reliable and affordable home-style Greek (good mezes, meatballs, also like the lamb shank - though I've been disappointed with their fish entrées int he past).
You may consider brunch at Telepan, or up your budget a bit and have dinner.
Barney Greengrass if you want that quintessential New York bagels and lox experience, though it's pretty pricey for what you get.
Good luck with your trip and let us know where you eat.
I would pick Dovetail, and you don't necessarily have to have the Sunday prix fixe. If you just have a few glasses of wine, rather than a bottle for 2 people, and perhaps share a dessert, you should be able to stay under $80. Otherwise, I would recommend Compass, which has a $35 prix fixe all the time, or order a la carte and follow suggestions as for Dovetail. On Sundays, they have wine by the bottle at half price. In the west Village, my choice would be Bar Blanc. Again, if you watch your alcohol consumption, you will have a wonderful meal within budget. If you want to consider lunch, Perry St. is one of the best bargains for high-end food at $24 for 3 courses.
I too would suggest Perilla and Babbo. For something different try P*ong, tasting menu is $68. Another great place is Blue Hill.