I'd love to know where people ate for Windows of Hope, what they had, and how it was.
I went to Pico, on Greenwich Street in Tribeca. Other than the new neighborhood aroma coming in through the open french doors, it was a delightful evening. We had one of the "I luv NY" $35 prix fixe (oops, they weren't supposed to charge us for the dessert, but what the hell, it meant a bigger contribution) plus a la carte:
Apps: Marinated anchovies with a (diced)tomato salad, and Grilled Octopus with chick peas and dried tomatoes. Both excellent. The anchovies were the white "alici" variety. My husband thought the octopus didn't have enough grilled flavor, but I thought it was just subtle.
Entrees: Suckling Pig, with crisp potatoes and swiss chard, and Red Snapper in corn broth, with green beans. The pig was fantastic: skin glazed with honey, but not too sweet, as crisp as glass; meat tasting strongly of MEAT, not anything else, and the chard was so buttery and almost sweet, dark green. The fish was a pristine slab, seasoned with just salt and pepper, in a light, buttery, pure-corn tasting sauce. The green beans, left whole, were crisp, the way we like them.
Dessert: Bread Pudding with a sauce of Portuguese brandy. Again, very light, only slightly custardy, and the sauce packed quite a wallop. Very good decaf espresso, 2 kinds of aguardiente (both richly caramel in taste), and a good chardonnay-type Portuguese wine.
The best thing about the meal was the straight flavor of the ingredients -- nothing too gussied up, over-herbed, over-sauced. Not cheap by any means (the $35 dinner WAS reasonable, though). But I was really happy.