A little help goes a long way! Reco's from your heart!
Sorry to bother - to keep short maybe add 2 dinner/2 drinks/2 brunch spots you think I'd enjoy given my thoughts below! Really appreciate it!!
Looking for some help with reco's for a few brunch/dinner/drinks spots this wknd - just wife and I - early 30's in from Toronto
Price not really a factor however not looking for uber high end dining...emp, per se etc.
Dinner - love locanada, minetta, balthazaar (even la esquina!)
Thinking of trying Tertulia or Empellon or Gramercy Tavern, Bouley, abc kitchen or Boulud Sud as he is opening in Toronto soon. So that type of class of restaurant.
Brunch have tried Marc Forgione and Sarabeths - loved them both! Any reco's like those or even not as refined with some nice drinks
Cocktails - looking for cool drink bars - dont know any as i usually drink in the hotels or dont have time prior to a 10pm dinner to get a few drinks in somewhere but will try to this time - or apres dinner
Speak easy's - fun hidden places - milk & honey types.
Love NYC - thanks for any help!
Public is great for both brunch (the best brunch in town, IMHO - super-creative, and reasonably priced) and dinner.
If you dug Forgione's brunch, I'd recommend adding them to your dinner queue - his brunch is decent I think, but dinner is where his creativity really shines.
Empellon (Cocina) is great, the Taqueria is good too but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.
Other places to consider, based on what seem to be your tastes (I'm thinking pretty bold flavors, with a bustling, fun atmosphere?) - Momofuku Ssam Bar, Acme, and Babbo (if you could actually get a rez at Babbo) - one good thing about Ssam is that while you wait for your seats (it's no-rez, but the wait for a two-top shouldn't be too long) you can grab drinks at their sister bar next door, Booker & Dax, where they're pouring some really amazing stuff. They just take you cell# at Ssam and call you when they're ready.
Bouley can certainly skirt the edge of uber high end... They have a decent deal on a lunch tasting, though. But for dinner - apps can cost as much as entrees elsewhere, and entrees started in the high 40s last I looked at the menu. So things can add up very quickly. I'd much sooner spend the same amount at, say, Ssam Bar, where you could do eight or nine shared plates, have a real little culinary adventure for the price of a regular three-courser at Bouley.
My favorite cocktail bars:
PDT, Death & Co, Raines Law Room will be right up your alley but get there at 6pm or face a very long wait.
For brunch, you like sweet or savory? How long are you willing to wait for a table? Brunch lines can be very, very long. Try breakfast/brunch at Breslin, Locanda Verde, Shopsin's, Clinton St Baking Co., or Minetta Tavern.
Serious cocktails for brunch:
Tertulia is very good but the wait can be quite long, though holiday weekends can change the regular crowd dynamic, Consider also Txikito.
I like Empellon Cocina over Empellon Taqueria and the cocktails are better at Cocina too.
ABC Kitchen is also very good (crab toast! Salted caramel sundae!) but make a reservation. The front tables are awkward, small, and have only tall tables and the bar. The main room is a bit more comfy. It's also a bit noisy.