Sunday, November 2, 2008

Where should I eat in NY this week?


The scene of the crime.


I made a reservation at STK and it's making me feel really, really dirty inside.

I want to go somewhere great where the people-watching is good, but where it's not a total scene or very douchebaggy (think Waverly Inn and the like).

I am fond of Gramercy Tavern, but it makes me feel old.

Please advise.

And no, I don't want to go to some hole-in-the-wall Indian place. I want to go somewhere where I can wear clothes that I never get a chance to wear in Seattle. Know what I mean?

Your pal,
Decorno

PS - Obama Day is almost here. Can you even stand it???

34 comments:

Kara said...

I am huge fan of Anthony Bourdain - so I vote for Les Halles. The motto is American food, french style.

Does it get any better? Have a blast!

YAY, O'Day is almost here!

eeps. said...

that's a tough call. nearly every place in ny where people-watching is fun has become douchebaggy. i still really like bar pitti if you can stand the inevitable wait and cash-onliness; if you get a table before 7pm, you can avoid the douchebags that dine around 830/9.

Caitlin McGauley Illustration said...

Gemma in the Bowery Hotel has good people watching. The food is quasi-italian. The John Derian shop is a couple blocks over.
Bobo on 7th Ave South and 10th street- it's in an old townhouse-you should go for the decor alone- it is really cute. The food is pretty good.
Also Il buco on Bond Street is sososososo cozy and pretty- all candlelit. And the food is good.

Anonymous said...

A few goodies.....
The burger at the Spotted Pig is heaven on a plate. Definitely a non-douche baggy crowd.
Perilla in the West Village is fabulous...and owned by Harold Deterle...Top Chef Season 1 winner. (Two words...duck meatballs.) Small, perfectly perfect.
Freeman's at the end of Freeman's Alley is a totally fun, rare gem. Great food, supercool crowd. You’ll love the interiors as well. (Then walk to either the Little Owl or Stanton Social for a drinky after.)
And...you must get to 'ino in the West Village for truffled egg toast. For breakfast with coffee or for lunch or dinner with a glass of wine....not to be believed.
Have a fabulous trip!!!

Decorno said...

Ah, Freemans. I read about that one. And I have been to the Stanton Social and liked it. I might need to go to Freeman's.

Great suggestions from everyone. Thank you so much.

Anonymous said...

HI,
You should definitely go to the Little Owl for dinner. the food is just right. Here's the thing, it's small so hard to get a rez, but they typically keep 2 tables free for walk-ins, so if you want to make a night of it, put your name in early and even if it's two hours—and if you have the time— wander around the west village for a cocktail and snack (Ino for a glass of wine? Centrovinoteca for truffle deviled eggs!) and snack, they'll take your cell # so just as long as you are some place where you can walk there in a decent amount of time you're good.

freemans is GREAT, but you'll feel better in your city clothes at little owl. both you can go caszh (sp?) or dress up without an eye batted, but the sparkle of a diamond (i know you love them), expensive lip gloss and your hottest fall shoes will look classier in the lighting at little owl than freemans. not to mention lots of windows so totally better for passerby people watching.

that said, i have a reservation at freemans this week and will keep an ear open for anyone uttering the word "decorno." if i do indeed successfully eavesdrop, being at the right place at the right time, you may just meet one of your readers.

Anonymous said...

What happened to the stroller post? I wanted to add my annoyance to the comments!

Brilliant Asylum said...

I love Gramercy Tavern--for the food and for being the youngest person in the room. Le Bilboquet is a good French lunch spot if you are shopping uptown. I have only been to Freemans once, but I liked both the meal and the decor.

Anonymous said...

Les Halles is good but it's not New York good.

Decorno said...

Anon 8:22... I pulled it down. I thought we could have some fun with that, and then I had flashbacks of the Rite-Aid/cigarette post and was no longer in the mood.

You can email your snarkiness to me directly, though. I enjoy good mail.

tracey said...

Hi Decorno
This is coming from a Sydneysider, but I was in New York in July and visited
boqueria
barbuto, bar bouloud and rosamexicana (my favourite).All were excellent but I'm not sure of their 'hip'value?
I LOVE New York - have a great time!

Decorno said...

Oh, I love Rosa Mexicana. In fact, that's where my boss always wants to go at least one night of our trip while we are in NY. We just happen to be looking for a new place this time, but I bet we will find ourselves at RM at least one night.

Anonymous said...

ZAMPA!! GEMMA. BALTHAZAR BRUNCH. BOTTINO. 202 IN CHELSEA MARKET FOR BRUNCH/LUNCH. IL BUCO. MORANDI. BOBO.

kym said...

If you like Gramercy Tavern, a Danny Meyer restaurant, you'll like his 11 Madison and you'll get the great food and service Meyer has perfected at all his establishments. 11 Madison a beautiful simply elegant space where tables are not cramped and stacked one on top of the other like so many NY places. If you want an epic gastronomic adventure, go to per se, Thomas Keller's NYC gem overlooking Columbus Circle. It is worth every penny and you will get impeccable service, the kind you should dress up for. I am an unabashed food snob and the best meal i have had IN MY LIFE was at per se. You will talk about your experience here for years to come. I am sad about Rosa Mexicana...go if you must (and i realize the boss factor) but it's a chain!!!For local Tex-Mex go to Mary Ann's instead and have the shrimp enchilladas. It's all good, though and there are five locations. My fave is the one in Tribeca, right across the street from the Chambers Street stop on the 1/2/3 and A/C/E Trains.

Anonymous said...

Try Salt on Macdougal, or Casa Mono on Irving. CM is right near Narciso Rodriguez's offices, and I've definitely seen Jessica Alba there on more than one occassion.

porter hovey said...

Yes!! Time for voting tomorrow. Just keep your fingers crossed!!

Jennifer said...

Casting my vote for Freemans ... and make sure you have the warm fig stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped in bacon.

kristin said...

Sadly, I've only been to New York once and I was too drunk to remember any of the places I went. I have a nice scar on my leg from falling off a banister, though. I don't think any of the restaurants were very good, anyway. Have fun!

I babysat last night, and the little girl said, "My mommy doesn't think Sarah Palin is awesome. Do you think she's awesome?" and I got to say, "NO!" I'm so excited for tomorrow, but part of me is quaking in my boots. But it can't happen. The world will implode if McCain wins. Go Obama!

David said...

I'm nervous as hell. I'll be sitting at an auction with political junkie Boyfriend texting me updates. I'm thinking about making a giant to-go cocktail to take with.

Lisa said...

The Duggar family ate at a pizza joint that looked pretty good the other day on 17 Kids and Counting. You should try that place out.

Anonymous said...

Chez Josephine in Hell's Kitchen, great environment.

Christine in DC said...

lisa, LMAO! I don't have any cool joints in NY to add, but appreciate the suggestions for my next (hopefully) visit.

Habitually Chic said...

I just had brunch at Freemans Saturday with Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts. Ok, they were at their own table but it was still a fun sighting. The food is great there too. Perfect for fall and winter. I also love Extra Virgin in the West Village but don't tell anyone. It's my secret place. Peasant and Public on Elzabeth are both good too. You'll have to let us know where you end up.

hello gorgeous said...

Jesus. I leave for a few days and comment moderation has taken place? Do tell.

I have no NYC suggestions. But I was interested in the stroller post (I am imagining the content and my possible responses right now).

And I am taking a break from annoying people in Colorado now by calling them to make sure they know where their polling places are.

Anonymous said...

la bottega at maritime hotel.
lovely food, lovely people eating the lovely food. enjoy your visit!

The Decor8tor said...

If I were you I would go to Buddakan on 9th Ave downtown. Great food, gorgeous space, great people.....and great part of town......

Kids Got Hitched said...

Inoteca on Ludlow. Then go to Paladar for the best mojitos/caipirinhas/margaritas ever. Oh fuck, I miss the Lower East Side.

Kids Got Hitched said...

Inoteca on Ludlow. Then go to Paladar for the best mojitos/caipirinhas/margaritas ever. Oh fuck, I miss the Lower East Side.

WendyB said...

Benoit!
http://www.benoitny.com/

judy said...

Bourdain hasn't worked at Les Halles for years and Mary Ann's can be gross. I'd give them both a pass. How about Prune? My fave pizza by the slice is Two Boots (spicy) and I love the burgers at Fanelli's.

If you feel like schlepping out to Williamsburg (and you should), steak at Peter Lugers or fancy food at Dressler are both excellent choices.

paola said...

Go to any Batali restaurant(Casa Mono is a favorite, amazing food), Allen & Delancey on the LES is fantastic as well. Freemans is very good & cool but never amazing (get the dates wrapped in bacon). Bond Street sushi is delicious but a little more pretentious. I would try Ono at the Gannesevort instead and then head to the roof top for after dinner drinks. That is one place that I have NEVER had a bad meal. Homestead Steak House is delicious as is Craft Steak, which is just unbelievably delicious. Rosa Mexicana, Gemma, Spotted Pig, all those are okay, JUST okay. Pastis is good for a celeb spotting sunday brunch. If you want something hip & low key though try Cafe Habana on Prince, very good, very cool, very small. Ok I have to get back to work, have an amazing visit here!

paola said...

Go to any Batali restaurant(Casa Mono is a favorite, amazing food), Allen & Delancey on the LES is fantastic as well. Freemans is very good & cool but never amazing (get the dates wrapped in bacon). Bond Street sushi is delicious but a little more pretentious. I would try Ono at the Gannesevort instead and then head to the roof top for after dinner drinks. That is one place that I have NEVER had a bad meal. Homestead Steak House is delicious as is Craft Steak, which is just unbelievably delicious. Rosa Mexicana, Gemma, Spotted Pig, all those are okay, JUST okay. Pastis is good for a celeb spotting sunday brunch. If you want something hip & low key though try Cafe Habana on Prince, very good, very cool, very small. Ok I have to get back to work, have an amazing visit here!

Anonymous said...

hi- i read your blog and am a fan. i highly recommend I Sodi, a new place in the west village. not only did i have a great meal there but i also had a SJP sighting too! what can be better. bon appetite

Anonymous said...

I second (or third or whatever) both Freemans and Little Owl. Also Schiller's, Cafe Habana, Cafe Gitane: all have yummy food, great downtown style eye-candy, won't totally break the bank, and won't make you feel like an asshole, or make you think that everyone else is. Enjoy!