Odeon or Spotted Pig?
Odeon is not anything special. It is more like a place to go if you can't get in anywhere. Their country salad is good, oysters are ok. Brunch is decent. But it shouldn't be a choice. Around the corner from Odeon is Blau Gans with much better food than Odeon, Tribeca Grill is better than Odeon, Tiny's is better, The harrison is better and so many more . Those are just some within a few blocks of Odeon.
Someone said Louro, I'll second Louro for a good meal and fairly reasonably priced.
It's funny you should say that. Odeon was great in 1980 -- but now I only go there when I'm closed out of Blau Gans.
But what I really want to do is pile on and say that Louro may well be the best value for food of that quality in New York (which actually in a way undersells Louro, because it's a really excellent restaurant -- not just an excellent value).
When is your dinner?
What is your budget, per person, before tax and tip?
Will you be drinking? Beer, wine, spirits, cocktails?
Where are you traveling from?
How large is your party?
What kind of food do you like?
How long are you potentially willing to wait for dinner? On a weekend night at the Spotted Pig, it could be 2 hours.
Budget is about 50 - 75$ per person. I will be drinking cocktails/wine. It will be a party of two: my adult daughter and me. We are from San Francisco and are serious foodies. I am looking for a real New York atmosphere. We have many, many great restaurants here in SF, so I am looking for a restaurant that is unique to New York, something with a great atmo and great food! Thanks!
I'm assuming that's $75pp before drinks/wine, tax or tip?
Babbo - they take walk ins at the bar & the front tables, it will be crowded and loud
Momofuku Ssam Bar - creative Asian-Southern-fusion-etc. pretty quintessentially NY nowadays, just had a great meal there tonight actually with oysters, arctic char tataki with peaches, corvina with kumquat, country ham, roast duck kale and goji berries
Acme - hip new Nordic
Pearl & Ash - contemporary, creative
Public - sleek Australian
Louro - Portuguese inspired, excellent cocktails
Empellon Cocina - creative haute Mexican from ex-Alinea chef
Minetta Tavern - if you order very carefully, atmosphere is classic NY and very Rat Pack, the food is excellent
My favorite unique places in NY serve Xian (Chinese) food, Issan (Thai) food, organic/local/sustainable Japanese BBQ, authentic Basque (Spanish) tapas, creative diner food, pretzels, hot dogs, halal food, steak, upscale rustic Italian, Italian subs, creative Italian-American, high end non-sushi Japanese (like kaiseki), creative desserts, molecular gastronomy, mixology/creative cocktails, and creative brunches (sometimes every day of the week).
My favorite spots:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/838348 -- scroll down to my post