I have a table reservation for my family on Christmas Eve, so it's back.
How about Sushi Azabu?
Kyo Ya is nice, but it's not exactly sushi.
15 East is good option too, but I think their omakase had more cooked food than sushi/sashimi. It was delicious, for sure, but I recall thinking, "I wish there was more sushi..." I can't remember if they had a sushi specific omakase.
This is a long shot, but I'm on a mission. This is before chowhound joined with chow!
Around 2002, on Astoria Blvd & 29th Street, before that condo thing went up, there was a small rickety Italian restaurant that made REALLY GOOD pizzas, and it was really, really cheap. It was a little shack of a place, on the corner of a parking lot. The bathroom was on the lower level and it was stinky LOL!
I think the pizzas were brick oven. The pastas were terrific. The chef was the owner, who spoke little English. My husband and I had just gotten married, and we didn't have much money, but we went there like once a week or so. The chef used to send us free dessert. It was just so delicious and special for us.
Then one day, the place closed only to be bulldozed to make room for the giant condo thing that is there now. I am trying to track down what happened to the chef. I'm hoping he has resurfaced somewhere... I'm hoping some of you old timers would know, or AT LEAST know of the place. I can't even remember the name now :(
EDIT: OMG I FOUND IT: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/239466
Thank you every body for your replies!
I personally will probably like Ciano, because I do like 'rustic'! I do love places like Peasant. However, this being mother, I think we'll go with Lincoln.
I did think about Maialino, but that's another place that is near impossible to get primetime reservation with short notice.
Thanks all! :)
I have to take my 62 year old mother out, who is a Babbo & Maera fan.
I'm looking for an alternative where I can book something - two weeks ahead.
I looked around and it seems like Ciano or Lincoln Ristorante sounds like a safe bet.
Which would be the better choice? Ciano or Lincoln?
Your thoughts will be super appreciated!