New York minute/Late April 2010

The good: Recipe on the Upper West Side, where we headed after the gripping “The Secret in Their Eyes” with too much popcorn and landed just in time to get one of the tiny tables. I only wanted an appetizer, but my consort insisted we split the excellent beet salad with goat cheese and pecans beforehand. I had the crab cake, which may not have been jumbo lump meat but was a steal at $10, with crab bisque underneath and julienned Granny Smith apple on top. And Bob was beyond pleased with his roasted game hen, not least because it was all of $17 and came with a big mound of farro, asparagus, carrots and spring onions plus a sort of corn pudding. I never like wine in tumblers, but the pours were good, and the superb waitress handled the white-red confusion well. WIGB? Absolutely. It’s great value, and the ingredients are top grade. 452 Amsterdam Avenue near 82d Street, 212 501 7755.