Dinner with In-Laws Next Week: Moderately Priced Restaurants Next Week
My in-laws are coming in from Chicago to NYC to visit. Can someone please recommend any great moderately priced Italian or Mediteranean restaurants? I was thinking something like Corsino, Fishtag, or maybe even Lupa. The in-laws aren't very adventurous eaters. So, I'm thinking food that is relatively simple with a fun environment where we can talk. I was thinking downtown, but the neighborhood doesn't really matter. Any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated.
Kefi would definitely fit the bill. If you are willing to travel to Williamsburg, I'd recommend Fiore on Grand Street. It's pretty casual, but the atmosphere is lovely and the food is consistently good. L'Artusi in the West Village would also work, I think. It's a little more upscale than Kefi and Fiore but it won't totally break the bank.
Another possibility is Supper Restaurant on 2nd St. near Av. A. It's got a Tuscan-style aesthetic. For example, their roast chicken is simple but excellent and served with very good mashed potatoes. Their fish dishes are also very fresh and in many instances simply grilled. There are some dishes that are a bit more involved, but everything is fresh and the place is a good value. The only caveat is that it can be a bit loud, but if you get the chance to dine in the back room or on the sidewalk, I think it'll be good. Lupa is good, too, though one dish I got last time was really too salty (sorry, I am unsure which one). If you go there, request the back room, which is quieter.
Now, on the other hand, if you want something that's really great and not merely pleasant and suitable for your unadventurous in-laws, you might want to go to Quinto Quarto on Bedford St. I'm going to do a full post on it soon (perhaps later tonight). I've been there only once so far, but they made the best lamb (abbacchio) I've had in a long time, and their other dishes were also on a high level. I'm not sure how you'll find their pricing or selection, though. Have a look and see what you think: http://www.quintoquarto.com/EN/menu.php