My husband and I will be visiting from San Francisco for a full week. Staying on the Upper East Side, but willing to travel for a memorable meal.
We love smaller, chef-driven restaurants in SF that serve seasonal/authentic food at not-outrageous prices (Range, Firefly, La Ciccia, Woodward's Garden, etc.) and hope to find some of their counterparts in New York. We'd like dinners to average under $150 for two with inexpensive wine (and no dessert, unless it's a prix fixe.) Far more interested in great food than a hipster scene, and strongly prefer places where we can reserve.
May go to two shows at the Village Vanguard, so it would be great if we had two worthwhile spots within reasonable walking distance.
Here's what I'm thinking so far. Which seems a bit Italian-heavy; which should I eliminate?
Katz's, as part of the infamous LES Food Excursion.
Will walk the Brooklyn Bridge one day - Grimaldi's, or??
Gramercy Tavern (Tavern side)
Smith's (don't see much mention of it here, but like look of the menu and space)
WD-50 (probably not the tasting menu)
Thanks in advance for your thoughts and suggestions.