My wife and I had a great day in your great city on Saturday and I wanted to thank everyone who gave suggestions and advice. Thank you Shortstop for great directions which were very easy to follow, and to Charlene, my Philly chowhound who works in the Village for her advice too. We ended up doing a lot of walking and were quite tired by the end of a long day.
We parked in the Village and took the subway to the Metropolitan. We walked to the museum and got to see some of the UES, the wealth in that area is amazing. The Gauguin exhibit was fantastic (but crowded), his bold paintings were a beauty to behold. We then took the subway back down to SoHo and window shopped, a great part of the city which we really enjoyed. We then walked back to the Village, through Washington Square park and to Cornelia St. We also loved the Village as well and found it to be quite different than SoHo. Bleecker St. is a hopping place to be on a Saturday night. Got to see some restaurants I've only read about (e.g. Annisa looked beautiful, Po looked nice and cozy, One if by Land, TIBS looked too formal, etc.).
Le Gigot was great. A tiny little place with about 8 tables. Apps were escargot and goat cheese/tapanade salad and were very good. Entrees of leg of lamb and lamb shank were very good as well. The shank fell off the bone and was in a lovely stew. Desserts were not quite at the same level though. The creme brulee was OK and the passion fruit pannacotta was too intense and tart tasting but OK. A bottle of Chateau Graysac for $30 was reasonable.
We then walked to Temple Bar on Lafayette and had drinks. A lovely, low-lit bar with a sexy vibe and steep prices. Wife didn't particularly like her mango martini though but the atmosphere was great. The 2 hr. drive home to Philly was tough, next time we'll stay over if possible. We want to try to return again around Valentine's Day, maybe to Anissa. Thanks again for all your help!
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