Ha....where do I begin....looking for recs. More below
NYC Native - moved from the area about 8 years ago, have lived in many other places.
Going to be in Manhattan Saturday night with a friend, he's lived on upper west side forever. We've both been to many of the "name places" over the years, but this weekend are interested in something new, newerish, or "undiscovered" (if that is really possible) that doesn't break the budget (my budget that is...I am paying).
Eat pretty much all cuisines.
Any suggestions? Have car if we want, probably will use, simply to avoid dealing with the trains (getting too old for that).
Your request is pretty vague.
Hmm... A little last minute to be making a reservation for Saturday night, give that it's 11 PM Thursday night.
How long are you willing to wait for a table? How about dining early or late?
What's your budget before tax, tip, drinks/wine? Do you prefer beer, wine, or cocktails?
What kind of atmosphere or scene?
Favorite foods or cuisines?
Yes, sorry, I was real vague. Probably because I was simply looking for something to pique my interest and dig further.
Prefer wine, south part of the Island, SOHO or Lower east probably more preferred areas, but really are open.
No Sushi (I love it, he can't eat it...medical thing). Other Asian or Asian-Inspired would be fine however.
Atmosphere - definitely casual rather than formal. Wiould be fine to just find a place where we can sit at the bar and eat....which kind of brings Tapas or a small plates type of place into the mix. Not Italian....for this trip. It's my favorite cuisine, but just not feeling it right now.
Going to research some of food whisperers suggestions.....
Just had a great dinner at Kin Shop, there's the bar where the bartender is as well as a second counter with 4 seats looking into the open kitchen.
Mission is awesome but will likely be nuts on Saturday night.
Momofuku Ssam is also a good choice given your preferences but will likely have a bit of a wait for two on a Saturday night.
Love Blue Ribbon Izakaya and getting a reservation doesn't seem to be too hard. If you can't get one, you may end up at one of the communal tables or the sushi bar, as they don't have a ton of 2-tops.
The bar at Louro may also work.