Just back from our weekend in NYC to celebrate my husband's birthday. Thanks for all the tips I collected here. This is what we did.
We were staying at 39th and 8th so we took the #1 down to 23rd and made our way to Eataly. I had wanted to go for a look around to see what this place was all about. A bit confusing to figure out what is what here but we got with the program eventually. Was hoping to have a drink here but the temp. inside was nearly unbearable it was so hot. So we bought some dry goods and made our way out. Mario Batali was walking around with, I over heard someone say, his wife.
Our Friday night dinner plan had been up in the air but then I saw Bobby Flay's RW week menu at Mesa so we decided on that since it was the same area that we wanted to be in. Since we got out of Eataly sooner than expected we found a nice bar at Steak Frites on 16th to enjoy a few beers.
Mesa was good and a good value but it didn't wow me. We had been here several years ago and it felt like the exact same menu. Nothing new. But it was good and worth the vaule.
Saturday was my husband's birthday and we were seeing Driving Miss Daisy on 45th so I made a brunch resv. at Marsielle for noon. Invitied my father in law to join us from Staten Island. We really enjoyed the food here. Service was a little spotty and it was VERY busy. But the food was really good. I had asparagus and goat cheese omlette, FIL had the burger which he enjoyed, husband had the sausage and egg scramble. Husband started with soup but no spoon came with it. Took a good bit of time to get someone's attention. Also, drink refills were needed for a long time. However, FIL only drinks coffee and raved about it. It was very good coffee here. Would choose this place again.
Birthday dinner was Sat. night at Keen's. We really enjoyed this meal. Sat upstairs, not sure of room name but right in front of a piano. This was a first time for us at Keen's. We started with shrimp and crab cocktails. Then we had porterhouse for 2 and we had plenty left over. Sides were creamed spinach and carrots. The carrots were delicious. Both dishes were. Also note the bread and butter service was quite delicisous as well! I could have made a meal of those rolls with a salad and called it a day. But of course I didn't :)
For dessert I had butterscotch he had hot fudge sundaes. We should have shared.
It was a lovely evening with professional but not over bearing service. Would be willing to recommend Keen's to anyone visiting NY. We really enjoyed it.
Thanks for all the helpful posts on this board. I'm always marking places to try in the future.
200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010