After being destroyed by Superstorm Sandy, my husband and I are getting our lives back to normal. My birthday is in 3 weeks and I want to celebrate. I am in the mood for something Mediterranean, fresh, clean and authentic. After all the stress I find myself thinking of past vacations in Italy eating simply grilled fish and fresh pasta. I love grilled calamari as well. My husband loves good food but hates paying a fortune, and money is an issue right now with all the repairs. I have taken him to Nomad, which I loved, and he left hungry, so I have given up on fancy restaurants with small tasting menus. I would prefer cozy, not too crowded seating, warm and friendly and more quiet atmosphere since he has some difficulty hearing in loud settings. I am open to Manhattan and outer boroughs as well. Don't want to go far uptown and would rather stay below 34th Street. I go back and forth between Italian and Greek. Some choices after doing alot of research are:
Elia in Bklyn for convenience
I tried Babbo but booked and would loved to try Marea but too pricey
Been to L Artusi so would prefer something else. Would appreciate your input.