Neighborhood staples near Columbus Circle
We recently moved to the Columbus Circle area, and looking for some more of the good "neighborhood staple" type restaurants, ie places with great food where 2 people can eat and drink (1 glass each) for $100 give or take. Care most about food, atmosphere less important, 10 minute walk from columbus circle. The pricey places are easy to find info about, but looking for some more weekday night, easier on the wallet choices.
So far we've enjoyed:
Nick & Toni's
Brasilina (huge portions so price is not bad if you split things).
So what else? There seem to be about 1000 restaurants in the area...
Le Pain Quotidien
La Boite en Bois
Ed's Chowder House (in the Empire Hotel)
Nick & Toni's is next to Lincoln Center. If you're up to walking that far north, here are a few of my favorites in the area:
Shun Lee Cafe (Shun Lee West is more expensive, doesn't have dim sum)
All these are within your price range, though some entrees on the Bar Boulud menu will put you over it..
Barcibo / Bin 71
Lincoln (share 2 entrees)
Bar Boulud / Boulud Sud (share small plates, or combination of small plates & an entree)
Landmarc (half bottles of wine, easy to share small plates and entrees)
RVR (yes for food :))
re: John Francis
For my palate, The Smith has a very heavy hand with the pepper, cayenne, or hot sauce - whatever it is they're putting in the food. For anyone who's sensitive to that, you won't enjoy anything they're serving. There's one in my neighborhood. Also, lots of hard surfaces, so I expect it will be extremely noisy like the one on 2nd Ave.
Bit late to the party, but this list has been invaluable for me, as a recent neighborhood transplant. I would add PJ Clarke's and Seasonal Weinbar as well.