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!
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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.
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