A rare night out
Night's out are rare these days, with two young children at home. I'm meeting an old friend for dinner next week, and looking for a place that is casual and comfortable, with seasonal, and simply prepared food (friend can be a bit picky). Perilla is a place that comes to mind, but I've already been a few times. Thinking of possibly ABC Kitchen, does this fit the bill? Union Square, EV, WV, or LES are all fine, with prices no more than $25pp for the main course. Good cocktails are a plus. :) Thanks!
9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014
35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003
Savoy is lovely, especially if you're in the room with the fireplace. They're as seasonal / simple as it gets.
Right nearby is Caffe Falai - I find Italian is good for picky eaters, there's usally a lot to choose from.
The Tap Bar (a/k/a The Cheaper Room) at Colicchio & Sons is very good, and the "Tavern Room" at Gramercy Tavern - no reservations at GT, but on weeknights it's pretty easy to get a table.
42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003
265 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012
Colicchio & Sons
85 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011
You are mistaken about the prix fixe. Unless Apiary's own website - http://www.apiarynyc.com/ - is behind on updates, the prix fixe is offered only Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday. A few months ago, I went on a Friday and was indeed told that they had no prix fixe on that day. I really enjoyed the dinner my girlfriend and I had, but it did cost about twice as much as I had planned on spending. I was OK with that and enjoyed the experience, but it is much better if people know what they're getting into.