West coast hounds visiting in a few weeks: which spots in Lower Manhattan or Brooklyn really showcase the best that we have to offer in terms of food, wine and atmosphere?
We'd like something really great but not super extremely expensive, and leaning towards Italian, since we do that so well here. The ideas so far include Al Di La and Convivium in Park Slope, and Otto. Want to keep it to places where appetizer+entree+dessert come in under $50.
What are the latest discoveries? Thanks! and I know you will give it your best.