Looking for Restaurant Suggestions - Birthday Dinner, on a Thurs. night, approx. 10 people
Good wine list is a must. Italian, French, or American/Continental. Would love Family Style, but it's not necessary.
Can be any neighborhood, but Manhattan only (trying to satisfy New Jersey and New York City dwellers!)
I did my birthday at ABC Kitchen and absolutely loved it! The menu for a big party is half served family style (appetizers). I also loved the fact that it was all about the ingredients and it satisfied both the vegetarians and the carnivores of the group. I had a group of 10.
35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003
I'm leaning towards Hearth. I've heard great things and they post their amazing wine list
online - always a plus.
Most of my friends have very sophisticated palates and eat out in NYC often so it's not about the budget but about the quality of the food for the $. They'll pay for good food. They are also hard to please!
That said, Per Se, Daniel and anything in that stratosphere is out of the question, but something good and interesting, especially if it's newer, would go over well. I'm also a big foodie, but more than that, I'm a bit of a wine snob. I don't even consider it a "list" if the words Yellow and Tail appear or if they have a White Zinfandel offering or if the nicest wine on the menu is Clos du Bois. I even get annoyed when French lists are primarily Mouton Cadet or Italian lists are primarily Ruffino (I like both of these labels, but I also really like to find the smaller wineries and more unique varietals on lists - tells me that they likely have a sommelier on staff who put some thought into it). I've walked by Nice Matin several times but have never eaten there. Looks like it could be good - pretty standard French menu (not a bad thing).
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019
201 West 79th Street, New York, NY 10024