i've been enjoying reading chowhounder posts for some time, w/o having properly introduced myself. everyone is super-friendly and welcoming and i can see that y'all really know your foodstuff! maybe that's why i haven't posted yet...i'm not as well informed about food as a lot of folks around here seem to be, but i love to eat and try new foods...my name's cj and i'm pleased to meet you!
now...may i ask for some advice/recommendations?
i'm bringing my sister to the city for her bday next week. she mentioned that she would like to go for italian. (she remebers a very good dinner at PUTTANESCA during her last visit...a little more than two years ago!) i actually passed by the other day and noticed another restaurant across the street, CUOMO'S. has anyone been there?
otherwise, any recommendations for good not-too-expensive italian? if reservations are req'd, somewhere i can get a table a week or two in advance? i've heard fair things about FRANK and MAX (on this site), but are these mostly red-sauce type places? we'd rather try somewhere that wasn't. maybe i can get a lunch reservation at PO? any suggestions for that spot? (there's been more discussion on BABBO here, but it seems much of the recommended food there is red meat or pork, which i don't eat...i'd go anyway, if my sister wanted to, but i'm not sure she'd enjoy it...she's adventurous, but not too much so...and neither one of us has a lot of experience w/ italian food.)
also, is the view at WINDOWS ON THE WORLD worth a (dinner) meal? i've heard mixed things about the food. anyone been there recently?
any and all feeback is appreciated.