Far from plain, Jane’s formula pairs a simple yet sleek interior with cleverly tweaked but unpretentious American cuisine (case in point: a charred shrimp appetizer cooked in Pilsner beer gets a tableside presentation in a cast iron skillet). It’s a formula that seems to be working—the clamorous interior is almost always packed. The oversize Jane Burger, buried by a mountain of thin French fries, drips with cheddar and double smoked bacon while the toasted ricotta gnocchi swim in a rich white truffle sauce. Entrees like thick, tender hanger steak and seared ahi tuna with a pomegranate glaze are dependably served rare. It’s manna from heaven for the penny-pinching gourmet, as several of the generously sized entrees, including the burger, salmon and pork tenderloin, are only $12 on Sunday nights.
100 W Houston St
|Cross street:||between La Guardia Pl and Thompson St|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu 11:30am–midnight; Fri, Sat 11:30am–12:30pm; Sun 10am–10pm|
|Transport:||Subway: C, E to Spring St; 1 to Houston St|
|Price:||Average main course: $22. AmEx, MC, V, Disc|