172 Bleecker Street, NY, NY
#1 or #2 to Houston St., A, C or E to Spring St
In one word…WOW! That describes the entire experience in a nutshell. From the first time we ever walked in and tasted their food, we have been hooked. We’ve been coming here for years and haven’t been dissatisfied yet. The flavors are unbelievable! This is Spanish food at its finest. Reservations are recommended, though walk-ins are usually accommodated. Café Espanol is a great spot for lunch, dinner, and special occasions or for impressing a date. The wine list is good, and their red sangria is delicious. We have a lot of food favorites here including their paella (1 order is enough for two), sizzling shrimp appetizer and our ABSOLUTE FAVORITE IS THE SURF AND TURF – the fillet mignon and lobster just can’t be beat! YUMMMMY! Considering the portions and care in food preparation, the prices are more than reasonable.
Mon-Thurs 12pm – 12am, Fri-Sat 12pm – 1am, Sun 12pm – 1130pm
Higher-end (Makes everyone feel comfortable, always pleasant, attentive and efficient)
Good/Higher-end (You’ll probably spend $40 – $70 pp for a really great time)
Higher-end (Eye-catching, inspires conversation)
9 Seventh Ave So. (near Grove St), New York, NY 10012
#1, #2 train to Christopher St – Sheridan Square station
B, D, M, F train to West 4th Street station
Garage is special for so many reasons. The food is deliciously prepared, the drinks are delectable, the service is pristine and the decor is so artistic and tasteful, it provides great conversation during your meal. Garage is great for lunch or dinner. They also offer live jazz nightly. You’ll definitely pay upward for a dining experience at Garage. It’s worth the trip for a wedding anniversary or other special occasion/celebration.
Higher-end (Excellent preparation, creative and delicious).
Higher-end (Makes everyone comfortable, always pleasant, attentive and efficient)
Higher-end ($61 – $100pp) We found it to be worth every penny. This is what we paid for their fried calamari appetizer, about 2 drinks each, and two seafood main courses.
Higher-end (Eye-catching, inspires conversation, cool)
Empire Szechuan Village
173 Seventh Avenue South (near Perry St.), New York, NY 10014
#1, 2, 3 train to 14th Street station
Offers a wide selection of Chinese and Japanese delicacies. All of the dishes we’ve tried have been delicious; makes it difficult to choose favorites. In addition to their wide menu selection, they also offer a wide selection of alcohol and beer and at really good prices! Their decor is quiet and mostly comfortable. The staff is super friendly (we’ve found we’re not the only ones to get a big “Hey! How have you been? Or, “So nice to see you again!”) The management at Szechuan Empire definitely understands the value of return customers. It’s highly likely that your first visit won’t be your last.
Our only critique on the downside is that it often gets a little too warm in there, especially after a few cocktails. As far as drinks, while they serve really good cocktails at a really good price, they’re not exactly on par with pairing the cocktail with the right glassware. I can’t tell you how many times they’ve served me a whisky sour inside of a champagne flute. Lol. It’s a little funny. We love this place.
My favorite is the Seafood Teriyaki dinner. It comes with fish, shrimp and scallops. Because I don’t like scallops, I ask them to swap out scallops for extra shrimp. YUM!!!!! Harv really likes the Beef & Scallops dinner.
Good (This place is sure to offer a dish you’ll find special enough to come back for)
Good (You’ll definitely come back again)
Cheap ($10 – $30pp) $30 will secure an appetizer, drink and main course for sure!
Good (Comfortable, a little creative)