“Anyone who has lived on the Upper West Side knows that when it comes to good old-fashioned American fare that is simple, hearty and always appetizing, there is no better place than Good Enough to Eat. Whether its for the famous omelets, fresh-baked biscuits or mouth-watering turkey and meatloaf dinner, a line is always clamoring to get into this comfort food outpost.
“And with good reason. After years of cooking at the best European hotels, studying at the Pru Leith’s School of Food and Wine in London and apprenticing under chef Seppi Renggli of the Four Seasons, owner Carrie Levin had a very clear idea of the kind of restaurant she wanted to open. In 1981, she realized her vision with the opening of Good Enough to Eat and publishing her cookbook, Bountiful Home Cooking (Simon & Schuster, 1987).
“Not only does this Michelin-lauded restaurant serve amazing meals, it does so on a budget, allowing its customers to enjoy the taste of authentic home cooking without the headache of meal prep or the high price tag. Hannukkah menus are only $23 per person, and feature crispy sweet potato pancakes with apples and cream, chicken noodle soup and choice of a pot roast dinner or horseradish-crusted salmon with cranberry orange sauce.
“The Christmas menu is no less of a deal, ringing in at $25 per person. Dishes like stuffed portobello mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes with spinach and goat and parmesan cheese; filet mignon with chestnut brandy sauce, served with scalloped potatoes, sauteed string beans, carrots and cauliflower; and home-baked desserts will make this holiday meal not only memorable but also recession-friendly.
“And when it comes to entertaining, Levin looks to her close circle for inspiration and advice. “My father said that if the kids leave sweaty, it’s been a good party,” she explains.”