I've sung praise for brunch at this West Village eatery; a meal that seems to bring out the crowds. But on a weekday at midday, Good is relaxed and allows for a leisurely lunch.
By now, anyone keeping track should know that Maialino vaulted to the top of my list of favorites from the start and has continued to have a hold on me. No other place manages to produce the consistently flawless service and standout food that this place does. The tables are far enough from each other that it feels intimate even though the restaurant can get quite noisy.
This is food that makes me swoon. And the portions are just right; no leftovers, but still full and dreaming of the next meal.
Artisanal is probably one of the most convenient restaurants for me, but there are many times I pass over Artisanal because the prices for this classic French spot lean toward the high side. But this time I made a reservation through a fairly new service, Village Vines, which offered a 25% discount on the meal (you normally pay $10 to make the reservation, but I had a $10 credit in my account).
Although our Village Vines reservation gave us a discount, we were unable to receive a discount on our full meal because one of us had ordered the prix-fixe dinner menu. The discount can't be applied to any other specials or offers, but I would not have thought that that included the set menu that is offered on the menu everyday. We did receive a discount on all other things we ordered, but it was disappointing to find out at the end of our meal.