Restaurant near W. 71 St.?
We're going to a matinee this Saturday on W. 71 St. (betw. Broadway & Columbus), and want somewhere to eat afterward (probably around 4:30, an odd hour) that's nearby. We like good American and most ethnic: Chinese, Italian, Indian, Middle Eastern (though my daughter does not like Turkish), Mexican, etc. My husband rejects Thai, and I don't love Japanese. We don't want to spned too much-- probably not more than $25. p.p. (tax but not booze included).
And we would like to sit and chat a bit, so nothing like Shake Shack. Any suggestions?
Thanks a lot.
I've eaten at Josie's on Amsterdam and 74th Street...it has a pretty eclectic menu so I'm sure everyone would find something they like. My favorite ethnic restaurant in that area is Nanoosh on Broadway and 68th street...it's middle eastern. amazing hummus, salads and wraps.
300 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10023
2012 Broadway, New York, NY 10023
Indie Food and Wine. I love that place.
Maybe at cafe at Alice Tully, if they are open
1941 Broadway, New York, NY 10023
Indie Food and Wine
144 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023
Bello Giardino on 71st just east of Columbus could work well. It's cash only, but in your price range.
71 W 71st St, New York, NY 10023
Thank you all for your suggestions. I remember going to Nanoosh once years ago, and I wasn't crazy about it. And it's not the sort of place we'd want to linger. I didn't know about the Indie cafe or the others mentioned. Any hounds have opinions on any of these three: Indie Food and Wine, Bello Giardino or Cafe Ronda?
Rhonda is probably best of the 3 but may be over your number. Also, check their hours, I have a vague recollection they don't open till 6 (for that matter, check hours everywhere). Bello Giardino is my reliable neighborhood Italian... well priced, comfortable but will not knock your socks off. Hummus Place has great hummus... but it is sorta dumpy. There is a Grand Sichuan on 74th and Amsterdam.
305 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023
249 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023
71 W 71st St, New York, NY 10023
307 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023
Personally, I find Cafe Ronda too loud for my taste. I suppose if the place isn't crowded then maybe it would be possible to carry on a conversation with ease. Our last visit was for brunch. Neither of us cared for our dishes. I no longer recall what we ordered, but I doubt that we will return anytime soon.
My last meal at Bello Giardino was ages ago. I agree with dyrewolf's assessment: it's fine.
I've probably been to Indie Food and Wine half a dozen times since discovering it a couple of months ago. I've only sampled a limited portion of the menu as sometimes I just order tea or something light. I did have dinner there recently. The duck leg confit was tasty. The side of butternut squash was just okay. I didn't finish my (generous) serving but my dining companion finished his and seemed to like it. While I think one of the reviews on menupages complained of small portion sizes for some dishes, I guess this could be an issue for hearty appetites. To me, though, I think Indie offers nice ambiance, pleasant service and well-prepared food for the price. I only wish there were more places like this in Manhattan. I hope that the cafe will do well, and I imagine they will, but I also would love to keep this find a secret!
Hope you enjoy your meal, wherever you decide to go.