Go-To Neighborhood Restaurants?
I make my semi-annual Manhattan visit for the holiday season the second weekend of December.
Last Dec09, we had an enjoyable meal at Luna Piena Ristorante - Midtown East.
However on Valentines night Feb09, our meal at Savoy in which the cozy fireplace & window seat couldn't compensate for the disappointing, cramped, snooty serviced & overpriced meal.
So my request is for some of your go-to restaurants where you locals go to get quality food in a relaxed atmosphere over & over.
I am following requirements:
OpenTable.com's Price rating of below up to $$$ = $31 to $50.
Seafood, american, modern american, fusion, italian, chinese, vietnamese, french.
Any neighborhood in Manhattan from the 80's on down.
I usually live in the East Village, and my go-to restaurants in that area are:
Xian Famous Foods (not a full-service restaurant but a great value!)
Grand Sichuan St Marks, for a bunch of things, all Sichuan or Hunan
Stage Restaurant (long lunch counter, Polish food) for soups and pierogies
Baoguette St Marks for reliable Vietnamese sandwiches, Bun Bo, etc.
Supper, for reliably good Italian food made with good ingredients
Cacio e Vino for good-priced wines, pizza or schiacciate, and some pleasant appetizers and nice ambiance.
Katz's a few times a year for great pastrami!
Kamui Den for good-value, tasty full-service Japanese food.
And further afield, Arturo's for pizza and jazz
Lupa for a thoroughly pleasant dining experience when I can get in (your mileage may vary)
and various restaurants in Chinatown (particularly Noodletown and now perhaps Noodle Village will supplant it somewhat, for solo or couples dining and South China Garden for banquets) and past Union Square (Laut for Malaysian food and some of the South Indian places in Curry Hill).
Lately, I've been spending most of my time in the West 90s. My go-to places around here are:
El Malecon and Flor de Mayo, mostly for tasty rotisserie chicken
Jerusalem Restaurant for tasty falafel, shawarma, and grape leaves.
170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012
South China Garden
22 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013
13 Mott St, New York, NY 10013
764 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025
23 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003
128 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
Flor de Mayo
2651 Broadway, New York, NY 10025
156 E 2nd St, New York, NY 10009
Cacio e Vino
80 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003
186 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009
2715 Broadway, New York, NY 10025
37 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003
Xi'an Famous Foods
81 St. Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003
My hood is the LES / Chinatown. Personal favorite neighborhood joints:
Italian: Falai Panetteria (the casual off-shoot of the $$$+ flagship), The Orchard (could stretch the $$$ slightly), Apizz (I find the secondi a little lacking - but it's great to make a meal of apps & a bottle of wine), Frankies 17 Clinton Street Spuntino
American: Alias, Prune, JoeDoe, Little Giant
Vietnamese: Cong Ly, Pho Grand
Chinese: Fuleen, Lan Zhou Handmade Noodle, Ah Ping Snack Bar (okay, those last two aren't exactly "cozy" - but they are relaxed....)
I'm also fond of Schiller's - with the caveat of weeknights only. Weekends are too much of a mob scene.
124 Hester St, New York, NY 10002
Frankies 17 Spuntino
17 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002
217 Eldridge St., New York, NY 10002
162 Orchard St., New York, NY 10002
85 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002
76 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002
11 Division St, New York, NY 10002
277 Grand St, New York, NY 10002
Schiller's Liquor Bar
131 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002
Lam Zhou Handmade Noodle
144 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002
54 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003
Ah Ping Snack Bar
2 E Broadway, New York, NY 10038
45 East 1st Street, New York, NY 10003
79 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002
I'm in the West Village, but my boyfriend and I regularly eat all over downtown. We eat a lot at Risotteria (cheaper than your requirements, but still good), Public (in SoHo), The Breslin, La Esquina, Pinto (good Thai food on Christopher Street), and a few other places I know I'm forgetting...
106 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012
270 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014
20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001