Hehe, I'll probably just have the Luger burger for lunch or maybe stick with their thick-cut bacon & tomatoes and order some sides (German fried potatoes, onion rings) ... Ah, who am I kidding, I'll probably end up sharing a porterhouse! Whatever I order, I'll try to eat light (half portion) and save some space for River Cafe. We have reservations right when Luger opens, so I'll just plan to do a LOT of walking that day! My sister lives in Williamsburg and we haven't seen her apartment yet, so I'm sure we'll probably spend time walking through the neighborhood as she'll want to show us around. We'll likely walk over to Luger... then Rye... then along the waterfront... then River Cafe (by that time, we'll hopefully have built up a little but of an appetite)
Carbone is definitely a one-off for me; just for the novelty. It admittedly looks great (interior + food) and based on all of the forum feedback, I'm sure we'll love it... but I 100% agree with you re. the prices. Red sauce should never cost half that much! The markup on their wine list (from what I've seen online) is even more absurd.
As for Minetta, I know it's not the old bohemian neighborhood joint it once was, but I've been many times (probably once annually) since the renovation and I must admit, I still love the place! The food also happens to be great; which is the one real improvement over the original. I sort of view Minetta as the East Coast version of Tosca Cafe (since ownership change/renovation).
Anyhow, I'm going to cancel Donostia right now and book Sevilla in its place! Thanks again for turning me onto this place... Paella à la Valenciana, mushrooms stuffed with crabmeat, shrimp anjillo with hot garlic sauce, polpo a la gallega, and pitchers of white sangria are the main events, right?
I really only booked Donostia because it was a couple of blocks from Death & Co. which made it really convenient. It looked good but didn't seem like anything particularly special. Sevilla looks way more fun and unique!!