My boyfriend and I will be staying in the Union Square area for 3 days. I visit Manhattan often, but I'm stumped on where to take the new dude to eat. I'm a foodie and his idea of adventure is adding a little extra red pepper to his spaghetti.
Fortunately, he can usually find something "normal" wherever we go. For example, at my favorite Thai and Indian places, he can find basic rice and chicken dishes (hold the veggies!). At my favorite Italian, there is a penne with meat sauce. He does appreciate quality food, it just has to be pretty basic. Things he won't do: creamy sauces, seafood, most vegetables (he can do potatoes, peppers and onions). Even his sandwiches are just bread and meat - no cheese, no mustard.
With that said, do you have any recommendations for delicious, relatively-creative, non-touristy places that will also include some basic items? I want us both to truly enjoy our meals - without him having to eat a plate of rice just so I can have my foodie experience (or me having to eat a hotdog so he can feel comfortable). Is this possible?
We'll mostly be oriented around Union Square and below. We'll be in Brooklyn around lunchtime on Sunday.
The only place we know we're going is John's on Bleecker for my fav pizza.