Just learned the news. Will be in NYC in the not too distant future and I am distraught over this news, I tell you! Loved my late nights there of rustic, interesting and substantial small plates coupled with a long, (Italian) well thought out, well-priced wine list including some great by-the-glass selections.
Looking for suggestions that will meet the needs my old friend did.
Small plates isn't necessary, though obviously welcome; high quality rustic north Mediterranean is necessary (eg. Greek, Croatian, Italian, Provencal, Basque, Spanish, Portugese, etc). Casual. Tia Pol also fits the casual and food requirements for my purposes, but not....
Also, great rustic (eg. non fruit bomb) wine list, with plenty of wines by the glass.
Re-asserting casual -- also, that means not a "scene".
P.S. I'm reasonably flexible with specific location.
P.P.S. A little spendy is fine if necessary, though by no means a requirement! But hopefully food cost (before tax, tip and wine) would be $55ish or less pp.