So, it's my birthday tomorrow, and I'm trying to decide where I'd like to go for dinner...and nothing is obviously leaping out at me, even after searching through a couple of years of 'birthday dinner' threads.
Here are the parameters:
- not terribly expensive (i.e., no Canoe/Splendido/North 44), as we're currently a one-income family...mains around the $25 mark would be good
- not Italian, as all of our go-to places (7 Numbers, Terroni, Marcello's, Big Ragu, Pizerria Libretto) are Italian, as am I, and it's just not striking me as very interesting right now
- simple food, executed with excellent technique - I don't need esoteric ingredients or 14 kinds of foam, just good ingredients prepared well...no particular preference in terms of ethnic influence (aside from the 'no italian' rule)
I thought the Harbord Room might fit the bill, but found a number of fair-to-middling reviews here. Any other thoughts?