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looking for fun, relatively attitude-free dining in Soho

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greg oguss Jan 11, 1999 02:39 PM

any suggestions?

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    Jeremy Osner Jan 11, 1999 06:44 PM

    If you like Mexican I can give you two options: Lupe is
    on Ave. of the Americas and Watts (the next street
    below Broome) -- slightly south of SoHo but worth the
    walk. And Tres Aztecas is at Allen St. and either
    Stanton or Rivendale, I forget which, is very good and
    totally lacking in attitude.

    Then besides that, with a bit more attitude, there's
    Savoy, at Crosby and Prince, and there's the restaurant
    at Prince and Mercer, downstairs from the Guggenheim,
    which I forget the name of.

    Hope this helps!

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    1. re: Jeremy Osner
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      Deb Van D Jan 11, 1999 06:59 PM

      That restaurant downstairs from the Guggenheim at Prince and Mercer is Monzu. I like it. A pretty space, and I've had some very good meals there. Hope you try it.

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        Alan Divack Jan 11, 1999 08:42 PM

        Cendrillon, an upscale phillipine based restaurant on
        Mercer between Grand and Broome is a good choice.
        Great beer selection, and generally excellent food,
        though it can sometimes be a bit inconsistent. The
        specials are often more memorable than the regular
        menu, though that is usually nothing to sneeze at
        either. It is also a very friendly, laid back place.

        1. re: Deb Van D
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          Christine Bridges Jan 15, 1999 03:02 PM

          I liked Monzu up to the entree. Perhaps being overly
          optimistic I ordered the Pasta con Sarde (a Sicilian
          dish; this is supposed to be a Sicilian restaurant).
          Well, it turned out to be perciatelli (OK so far) with
          a red sauce (no!) and some CANNED-type sardines atop.
          That did it for me!

          Chris

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            Maria Jan 15, 1999 06:56 PM

            Bar Pitti (very good, casual italian--Rigatoini Piti to die for)
            Felix (lil' attitude, but fun scene, food average)
            Blue Ribbon??

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              Carolyn Jan 18, 1999 06:49 PM

              Have you tried "Jean-Claude" on Sullivan St. between Houston and Prince? The atmosphere is very Parisian; the food is excellent and moderately priced for a French restaurant; and the staff is casual and unpretentious but very serious when it comes to quality. If you lavish them with compliments they might present you with a delicious creme brulee on the house (which is what they've done in my case the last three times I went there). Get there early to be assured of a table.

        2. re: Jeremy Osner
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          greg oguss Jan 13, 1999 11:34 AM

          Jeremy -

          actually, I do like Lupe's a lot - and sorta forgot
          about it - but i'm definitely gonna give Tres Aztecas a
          try . ..

          1. re: greg oguss
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            Governor Feb 24, 1999 07:55 PM

            Lupe's? 6th Ave by Spring? I went for lunch roughly
            6 weeks ago...bland, uninspiring, boring burritos,
            nasty overcooked underseasoned fish. Might have been
            a bad day but with so much else to choose from...

            1. re: greg oguss
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              Jeremy Osner Mar 5, 1999 01:30 PM

              Today I found another good Mexican place, near Tres
              Aztecas. It's called Festival, on Rivington east of
              Ludlow. I ate Lengua a la Mexicana, which was excellent
              stewed slices of tongue with onion and hot peppers.
              Also had Sopa de Ajo, garlic soup, which was not so
              good.

              And on the way back to work I stopped by Economy Candy
              for some chocolate grahams!

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