I just wanted to thank those that posted some positive reviews about Five Points in Noho. I decided to try it, and was very happy with my meal. My thoughts:
Atmosphere: Hip, but not overdone. Dark, but not too dark. Generally very comfortable, and you didn't have to eat in someone's lap.
Service: Among the friendlier restaurants I have been to in the last year. I showed up 15 minutes early, and the restaurant was packed. Although the host sat me in 10 minutes (5 minutes before my reservation), he apologized several times for the wait. The waitress was also friendly and the pace of the food was just right.
Food: The appetizers run from the ordinary to the more exotic. We ate pretty light and just ordered some olives to start - very meaty and not overly salty. Along with dinner they served FRESH Sullivan Street bread and sweet butter (real sweet butter, not the inedible stuff). For the mains, we had their fresh pasta in pesto and grilled cod. The pasta was al dente - the way it should be - and the pesto had just the right intensity. The cod was very good as well, prepared in a light, slightly spicy, sauce.
Wine: The wine list was a real prize. With some restaurants charging upwards of 3x wholesale, it was with pleasure that I read their wine list - very affordable and consisting of many solid wines. It looked to me like the mark up was about 2.5x wholesale, maybe even a hair less on some bottles. Please don't take this to mean that the list was extensive. Rather, it consisted of about 100 carefully selected bottles - mainly Italian and U.S.
They have a few sidewalk tables as well if anyone is interested in eating outdoors, but no garden.