I'm coming to Providence for one day and one night, this Saturday and Sunday morning. I'm looking for places to have lunch and dinner on Saturday, and an early breakfast on Sunday. I'm helping a friend move to the Federal Hill area (between Broadway and Westminster St) and staying at the Hilton on Atwells Ave., so I'd like to keep it local to that area (on foot, we may or may not have access to a car). From what I've read so far, that shouldn't be a problem.
On Saturday, lunch should be casual, someplace that can get us in and out in a hurry. I was thinking of Nick's, but let me know if there's something else. For dinner that evening, we'd like to try one of the city's better restaurants. Gracie's is right near our hotel and from reviews I've read, seems excellent, I'd like to try it but I'm just worried that we may be a little under-dressed. Is it a casual place? Is it too late to get a reservation? We won't be in shorts and flip-flops or anything, if people wear nice jeans there we'll be fine. If not, my other thoughts were Broadway Bistro, New Rivers, Siena, and Loie Fuller's.
On Sunday, we're taking a 10 AM Amtrak train home, so we need to have breakfast early. The train station is right by the State House, so it's not far at all from where we'll be, but just to be safe we're looking a place that opens at 8 or earlier and is close by. The only one I can find is Nick's, though DownCity Diner (?) may be OK (they open at 9) if they can get us in and out quickly.