Playwright's is one of our favorite, non-pretentious, places to dine in NYC. The location on 49th and Broadway is great in every way. The welcome you will receive will make you feel as if you're part of the Irish family that runs the place from the moment you enter the door. The restaurant upstairs is always warmly decorated for each season and, depending upon where you are seated, can offer a view of the hustle and bustle of 49th and Broadway.
The food isn't fancy, nor is it presented in a 'fine cuisine' manner, but it is some of the best home-style cooking to be found in NYC! We've gone there a few times for Thanksgiving (including a visit yesterday), and also for other occasions when we're in NYC. Yesterday's meal included a butternut squash soup that had a hint of dill and digon that set it above and apart from anything we've ever tasted before -- incredible! The roast turkey dinner, homemade stuffing, and seasonal vegetables were each delicious and perfectly done. And the dessert (apple pie and homemade chocolate cake) were perfect too.
If you want something incredibly fancy with service that is exquisite, Playwrights may not be our first recommendation. But, if you want a great home-cooked-style meal, in a warm and welcoming atmosphere, along with friendly service (as if your favorite aunt was bringing dinner to your table), then this is the place in NYC. Relax, eat well, adn enjoy. We always do.
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