My wife and I will be visiting the city in mid-December and I'm looking for your recommendations on which moderately priced restaurants you feel serve the best winter menu. I'm talking braised dishes, game, stews, reductions, dark bold flavors, etc. It seems like there are so many highly recommended mid-range restaurants, I'm having a hard time discerning the good from the mediocre.
I'd prefer nothing above 59th street as I don't think we'll be venturing that far uptown. Oh, and please feel free to recommend any Brooklyn restaurants that are within close proximity to the island. We loved Vinegar Hill House a few years back, and Paulie Gee's is my wife's favorite pizza.