O.G. is closing. I need a new casual EV favorite!
My favorite casual go-to restaurant, O.G. on 6th st between A and B, is closing in August (http://eater.com/archives/2008/07/the...). One of the waiters also let me know when I was there last week.
I love O.G. because the food is consistently good, the prices are reasonable, and the staff is always extremely friendly. I must go at least twice a month.
Any recommendations on new places I can explore to fill the void this will leave? I'm looking for something with the same qualities--consistently good food, reasonable prices, and a friendly staff. It's got to be casual enough to just pop in on a Saturday night, and to feel free to get to know and chat with the waitstaff. East Village around that same area would be perfect. I want a place I can frequent.
Thanks in advance,
507 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009
This is so sad! While I did recently get bored of their regular rotation of specials, it was definitely our go-to place, especially to bring friends when we needed a weekend place last minute. There is nothing like that duck entree w/ that delicious mango sauce.
Here's a few that I've grown to love over the past year.
Casimir - staff not as friendly, but it's been growing on us recently because the food has been very consistent and good. Husband was blown away last week by the rack of lamb.
EU is pretty reasonable, but is missing the neighborhoodiness of OG.
Grape and Grain - love it a lot, esp for brunch.
Le Miu - this is the fancier sushi place on Ave A. They've added some interesting cooked dishes lately. You might spend a little more there (than OG), but the quality is great and staff is very friendly.
We always seem to end up at EU for brunch, and never for dinner. Love the fried egg served w/ farina or polenta and also the steak & eggs. The french toast and waffle are both tasty but too sweet after a few bites.
For dinner, I've only had the fish & chips - beware - the "chips" are actually battered and fried green beans!
For lunch, the burger and sandwiches are great, and salads are pretty good, too. Also great for wine and cheese in the afternoon, too.
I also like...
Resto Leon - 12th & 1st - French (great service who always remember regulars/very fun atmosphere)
Cafecito - 12th & C - Cuban - great value & food
Seymour Burton - 5th nr. (great waiter whose on most nights...goes the extra mile always)
Definitely second Grape & Grain (love it!), Max, Casimir and The E.U.
Thanks for all the replies so far everybody. We made the EU reservation for Saturday.
What are people generally getting at Grape and Grain? The menu looked a little small to me. Are the pizzas the "main" meal?
CornflakeGirl, I hadn't heard of that. Thanks! It may be impossible to get in now with the StrongBuzz and NYT articles but we'll certainly try, because the menu and description sound just like the kind of place I'm talking about.
Also thanks for the other suggestions everybody. I've been to Cacio e pepe and Casimir. Both were very good but not necessarily places I'd consider as my default casual.
A strength at Grape & Grain is definitely the shareability of the plates. The pizzas are great - perfect for 1 person if you're hungry. Just about all the appetizers I've tried have been great, too, especially the mushroom tart. I guess the menu's on the small side, but the appeal for me is the friendliness and neighborhood vibe.
I'm definitely going to have to try the Redhead, too!