Fuss free, cool dinner for not so new to NYC
Hosting some out of towners and would like to pick a great place to eat and drink. Restaurants we love but are a little bit more expensive than we'd like, or closed: Lupa, Freemans, Il Buco, Great Jones, The Breslin, Prune, Mission Chinese etc.
I know there aren't a lot of restaurants like these places, which is what makes them great, but....
Pretty much any cuisine as long as veggies are also sold.
Any suggestions for restaurants with a similar vibe but a little less expensive? Would like to stay under $20 for entrees. Bonus points if close to a cool bar with afterwards... Bars we like: Hi- Fi, Ear Inn..... or close to waterfront or point of interest of some sort). Open to Northernish Brooklyn if close to train.
Rubirosa? Like Ttrockwood im not so sure i get a theme from your places, but we like it (Rubirosa) a lot for the price, good food, pretty hip atmosphere. Its not too near (though not that far) from either of your bar picks but its also fairly close to a bunch of your other suggestions so perhaps it would work?