Recommendations for EV/Gramercy?
I'm from NYC, but currently live in LA. I'm heading back to the city and staying with a friend for a week, so I want to repay her by taking her to a nice dinner. I'd like to try something that's opened in the last 2-3 years, so it'll be new to me (and probably to her as well). I don't eat seafood and she doesn't eat red meat, but otherwise we're pretty flexible on type of food. I'm not looking for a Per Se/Ducasse-level bill at the end of the night, but this dinner is repayment for a favor, so I don't want to bargain-basement her either. Looking for East Village/Gramercy area. Any suggestions? This is for dinner next week. (PS We already went to Momofuku Ssam my last trip through town...)
You may want to check out Apiary. Belcourt is okay too--though maybe not as good. But it's a little less expensive. They've both opened within the last year. I'm a huge fan of The Redhead, but it's a little hectic in there as they don't take reservations and it's pretty popular. If you're okay waiting at the bar for 30-60, then you may enjoy it.
I love Degustation, but if you have dietary restrictions you probably wouldn't be able to do any of the tasting menu options.
How about Aldea, the new Portuguese spot in Flatiron? Their incredible duck rice should satisfy both of your restrictions. It just opened a few months ago.
Or Allegretti? That would be a little more fine-dining while Aldea is more hip.
Degustation? Though that's not really new, but it's more EV proper, while the above 2 are farther West.