Quick help for tonight
My wife and I are in town from SF and had an awesome meal last night at De Andrea. Loved the local feel, incredibly good food and service. My wife is a quasi vegetarian and they had lots of interesting choices for her. We don't need fancy necessarily, just great quality.
We need a place for tonight. Mediteranean, American or even middle eastern would be great. Suggestions would be appreciated. We are staying near Grand Central but can go anywhere.
Price isn't a huge concern. Last night, my wife got the grilled vegetable tower app, fresh pasta with mixed vegetables and a tomato sauce. I got an incredible seared salmon with artichokes, sundried tomatoes and Dijon mustard sauce. We shared a mixed berry zabaglione in puff pastry dessert. Awesome!
In terms of cocktails, of the ones I listed below, I'd do Acme or Public. However, given that you are planning so last minute and your wife is vegetarian, it'll be tough.
These restaurants have serious cocktail programs in line with the whole craft cocktail movement & some even have bartenders that have worked at places like PDT, etc:
Gramercy Tavern - you'd need to wait for a table in the Tavern Room
Eleven Madison Park - you can dine a la carte at the bar
The Modern - the bar room looks pretty booked up
Peels - not very vegetarian friendly I think
Ma Peche - not sure if you eat Asian food...
Momofuku Ssam Bar - not sure if you eat Asian food...
WD-50- you can dine a la carte at the bar
Minetta Tavern - not very vegetarian friendly, very crowded
Locanda Verde - you can dine a la carte at the bar, will be very crowded
Looking om OpenTable to it for two, I see availability around 6-7pm at:
Colicchio & Sons
Gotham Bar & Grill
Do you eat Indian food? Both Tulsi and Junoon have availability as well.
Check out the menus online for appropriateness for your wife (try menupages if you can't find one).
"We don't need fancy necessarily, just great quality. "
Go to Eataly and sit at the counter of the Verdure "restaurant" there. As the name suggests, it is vegetarian. The food is wonderful and even a carnivore, like myself, can easily enjoy it.
PS...glad to hear you enjoyed Da Andrea!