Hi, I'm new to KC from NYC, and facing a big birthday. Where can I go to soften the double whammy of homesickness and impending middle age? I know there are some good eats here in town, but I've been a bit discouraged by recommendations for places like Garozzo's (some of the worst food I've EVER had). So far I've been happy with Blue Nile, the Ethiopian place at City Market, as well as the Middle Eastern place in City Market, think it's called Habashi? Not very fancy but really fresh, super authentic mezzes and fabulous dolma. Nara was fine but just a Saturday night out. JP's ditto.
For the birthday I'm considering 40 Sardines or 1924 Main, unless someone has a great suggestion otherwise. Would love to go to Pierpont's b/c I love Union Station and seems way more romantic to go there than all the way down to 109th Street for 40 Sardines. But is Pierpont's any good? The thing about 1924 Main,unfortunately, is that I find the room less than pretty. Those glass blocks and the terra cotta walls--ugh. I feel like whoever designed it is stuck in some horrible Tuscan=fancy mindset left over from 1994. It's sad b/c it's such a beautiful building and should be true to that era.
I guess you can tell I'm pretty opinionated, so feel free to tell me the truth on any or all of these options. Thanks guys!
Oh and also, is the American any good? Their website doesn't seem to be working. Have they closed?