Good restaurants in restaurant.com ?
SF Area chowhound here. We're coming to NYC again in September, and last time, we tried 2 places with restaurant.com gift certificates, which both turned out to be good.
I don't know if these were coincidences, as I know many of my local restaurant.com places are not worth visiting. So, I was wondering if folks could recommend any places in Manhattan that have restaurant.com gift certificates that are worth eating at. Location is not really a concern, as long as it's reasonably accessible by public transit and foot. Type of food is not a concern since we're open to just about anything.
I've never used restaurants.com, but skipping through the list, these are the ones I think would be worth trying:
Beacon - Contemporary American
Cafe Charbon - French
Ethos - Greek
Giorgio's of Gramercy - Contemporary American
Hill Country - Texax-style BBQ
Kellari Taverna - Greek Seafood
Roberto Passon - Italian
Sam's Place - Italian
Sweet Emily's - Eclectic
Knowing how the moderators feel about posting suggestions for geographical areas other than Manhattan here, post this on the Mid-Atlantic board (Yeah, I know. Why isn't *all* of NJ on a *single* board of its own?!!! *sigh*), and I'll reply there. Of course, alternatively, you can wait until the Bo SSam....;)
Thanks for the suggestions, RGR.
As a matter of fact, Ethos was one of the places that we used a restaurant.com gift certificate at last time. We couldn't quite make the minimum purchase required, because the dessert was complimentary. Instead, they counted the alcohol, which some restaurants won't.
BTW, Ethos is included in restaurant.com, OpenTable 1000-points reservations (5:30pm-10:00pm daily) AND Rewards Network (15% off). Since the three can be applied simultaneously, it can be a really good deal.
Ethos is great Greek Food ... Mark Joseph Steakhouse is an upscale New York experience steakhouse - delicious food and great service ... Hill Country has great BBQ .... these are the only places that I have used restaurant.com gift certificates at ... I am sure if you go through the list and post them you will get some feed back.
Thanks for the recommendations.
Since there are so many (235) NYC restaurants in restaurant.com, I thought it would be easier to ask NYC hounds who have used the gift certificates what they liked, rather than rattling off some ridiculously long list, and making people sift through them.
At any rate, based on RGR's recommendations and reading around, here's my list of places for the September trip:
EMP, Jean Georges, DBGB, Babbo, Otto, Giorgio's of Gramercy, Russ & Daughters, 2nd Avenue Deli, and either Tasty Hand Pulled Noodle or Food Sing 88
We've made reservations for the first 6 places on the list, and will be going to dinner on the earlier side (7pm or before) to avoid (hopefully) the possibility of having to wait even though we have reservations.
Now, I have another question, this one about attire. As a Californian, I am seriously not accustomed to getting dressed up for dinner. What's the expectation for "jacket required" places when it's hot and muggy in NYC ?
I wasn't expecting to go to many restaurant.com places in the first place given my local experience with them. Mostly, I was hoping to find some worthwhile, comfortable but not completely downmarket, places to go that would help to offset the money I was expecting to spend on the bigger names (EMP, JG, Babbo). Plus, we've been eating a lot of tasting menu/Cal-French type stuff lately, and I wanted a bit of diversity.
Anyway, I will keep RGR's and trouble123's suggestions handy for the next trip.
It's not a great list.
Aki on West 4th - decent enough every day sushi place, some tropical influences, I wouldn't go out of my way for it, though, unless I had to use up that restaurant.com gift card
Big Nick's - good for a late night greasy bite if you happen to be on the UWS
Cercle Rouge - I think foodwhisperer is a fan, never been
Ethos - see above discussion
Good - popular for brunch
Hill Country BBQ
Hung Ry - I think Lau gave it a good review a while ago, haven't heard much since
Kellari Taverna - do a search on here
Legend - excellent Sichuan, probably one of the best choices on this list
Whitmans - supposed to have a good burger
Do you have a restaurant.com gift card or are you giving one?