UWS restaurant rec for tonight - nice, but not formal, not focused on seafood or cheese
I found a babysitter for tonight - YES! Now all I need is a restaurant. Suggestions on where my husband and I should go to dinner tonight on the UWS?
We've recently been to Telepan, Dovetail and Compass, which were yummy, but we want to try someplace new (to us) and not as fancy.
Also, my husband is a picky eater (unfortunately), so no restaurants where the focus is on seafood or cheese.
72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023
Well you ruled out the Chowder house as it is seafood focused and Picholine as it is fancier...
'cesca is good as is Ouest (if a little tired at this point)
2315 Broadway, New York, NY 10024
35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023
Fatty Crab, or would that food not work for your husband.
Kefi is much more relaxed, food is very good, and has a wide range of selections.
Salumeria Rossi, very good italian, not too uptight and you can sample a lot of different things for not too much out of pocket.
Recipe is also a nice little spot with solidly made food and an inviting atmosphere.
505 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024
643 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014
the watermelon rind & pork salad is outstanding. the fatty duck is really good. fatty sliders are great. basically if you can handle spicy food you'll like most dishes. happy hour menu is a good deal. the cocktails are inventive and delicious. one thing to avoid though, is the namesake dish. the crab dish is not very good - to my taste at least. the crab clearly tastes frozen even masked under the spicy sauce. i guess maybe because it's rather expensive so that people don't order it frequently enough.
Never had anything there we really did *not* like. The lamb shank (probably my personal fave, based just on the fact that I find myself ordering it repeatedly) is amazing, as are any of the plank-roasted fish dishes. It's a huge menu so leave time to go over it all. Also keep in mind that portions are enormous!