I've always liked 10 Downing as a neighborhood place in the West Village (admittedly, it's perhaps a bit too upscale to really count as a neighborhood place but I've always found quality-to-cost quite nice here) and after a very nice dinner the other night I am worried about it: there were only 2 or 3 tables occupied during most of the evening.
I've always liked that you can hear your companions (I'm an NYU professor and this is the kind of place we take job candidates to since we can all actually talk and not have to shout over music or other noise).
I like the space. I like the selection of draft beers. I've generally liked the food here.
With my friend the other night, we did the tasting menu (49 for 4 courses). I had beet/arugula salad, hamachi tartare, a really scrumptious pork belly, and a very nice cheese plate. Not everything was perfect (there was a little too much salt, for instance, on the side greens for the main course; our waiter didn't know the beer list well enough; my friend's steak came out close to raw and had to be sent back) but a lot of it was, I thought, really good. My companion was having both white and red wine with his various courses and the server gave him a taste of several choices before ordering. The owner had a nice chat with us and since no one had ordered a lobster roll special that evening gave us each a lobster rolll to take home in thanks for coming.
I like this place and would like it to stay around.
10 Downing Street, New York, NY 10014