Of course, there are also the tried and true favorites that I enjoy returning to time and again.
One of these regulars is L'ybane on 8th Avenue between 44th and 45th Street. I found this eclectic, dimly lit mediterranean eatery about a year ago and just returned again a few weeks ago prior to seeing Kinky Boots.
What I love about L'ybane is the fact that you an order lots and lots of little plates creating a varied meal of different flavors and foods. We opted for the Chef's Signature assortment of Mediteranean Small Plates, and settled on "Le Mini" which consists of 5 different plates. It didn't take us long to settle on five delectable choices: Moussaka Vegetarian, Grilled Peppers, Falafel, Hummus and Tzatziki.
The menu at L'ybane is filled with a variety of other options ranging from soups, cheese plates, and a variety of hors d'oeuvres - most average at about $10. A variety of creative salads for both meat and seafood eaters and vegetarians alike. Being mediterranean, the menu has pasta dishes as well as beef, chicken and seafood entrees as well.
L'ybane also has a Mussel bar for this who love these seafood shellfish.
The flavors and spices had the perfect blend in our "Le Mini" assortment and it was more than enough to fill us up quite a bit, but we enthusiastically dug into the chicken!
But, it didn't fill us up too much, as we ordered dessert - a scrumptious Almond Tart. It was light and delicious and fresh!!