Dinners this weekend
We are regular New York visitors (from Boston) who've decided to go to NYC this weekend on a whim. I'm looking for some new or off-the-beaten-path places to go. We're looking for:
* Friday and Saturday nights
* In Manhattan
* French, Mexican, Spanish, Italian, game
* No high-end please
* Have to be able to get in this weekend
* Money isn't a big issue but I'm not looking for Per Se prices either
* We're packing light so we'll be smart casual (no jackets)
I'd appreciate any and all recs.
Thanks ever so,
Thanks for all the recs - we went to Maryann's in Tribeca, Capsuoto Freres and Gentleman Farmer.
MaryAnn's and Gentleman Farmer were just great, although the stuffed quail at GF was a little too precious - quail stuffed with venison sausage, goat cheese and a proscuitto wrapped fig. Sort of like a turducken - too many good things smashed together for no good reason. But the ostrich steak and our apps were lovely, and the service was great. I was psychologically prepared for the small space so that wasn't much of an issue.
Maryann's was noisy and fun, with really nice food - the carne asada with hangar steak and a cheese enchilada covered in mole - yummy!
Capsuoto Freres was good French food but was eerily empty, as was its neighborhood. But the escargot, duck confit and cassoulet was really good.
French: Paradou, Recette, Cercle Rouge, Lucien
Italian: D'Andrea, Bar Pitti, Osteria Morini
Pizza: Motorino, Tre Sorelle
Japanese-Italian: Basta Pasta, Greenwich Grill
Spanish: Casa Mono, Boqueria, Flor de Sol
Game: there used to be a good Italian Game restaurant on Hudson St, I can't remember name or find it, was there for over 20 years. Maybe someone knows the name
Mexican: maryann's, Rosa Mexicana
Cuban: cafe Cito