While I'm not usually a fan of restaurant cooking, I do like the food at Jimmy's No.43. I've been there a few times now.
some of the simpler menu items, like the goat cheese salad, lamb's tongue and collard greens, and hanger steak, really stand out because you can taste the freshness and quality of the product. The chef told me he is at the union square greenmarket 3 or 4 days a week, and that all of his produce and much of his other ingredients come from there.
He is young and has only been cooking at Jimmy's for 3 or 4 months, so I expect that the food will only improve over the next few months. I will wait until the holidays are over - it seems particularly busy now- and go back in January.
It is more gastro pub than restuarant. The cheese plate is also very good, with a changing selection of northeast farmstead cheese. They do monthly beer and cheese tastings with cheesmonger Anne Saxelby.
Number one, this is a great place to book a table, and invite a few friends or more. The beer selection is excellent. I'm happy with the 12 micro drafts and 1 cask ale. It's a great idea to order several different beers each, starting from lighter to heavier. I like the Reissdorf Kolsch or unfiltered Mahr's Pilsner to start, then move on to one of the Belgian triples, and finish with one of the dark Belgian beers, either Troubadour Belgian Stout or St. Bernardus Quadruppel.
This is definitely not a restaurant. much more of an old school European family run pub/bar. Sometimes the staff may not treat you professionally, but they are also not trying to impress you. It's a great palce to relax with friends, drink and eat.