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I'm freaking out...anyone been to Gradisca?

Tara Dec 28, 2000 09:23 PM

My family is coming for dinner on Tuesday, and I forgot to make a reservation. I need a place that has truly good, but not necessarily fancy food, and will not break the bank (under $35 per person, not including wine?). The various parties insist that it be not terribly noisy, not French, not Chinese, preferably downtown, and I need to make a reservation for eight...I'm freaking out.

Anyone been to Gradisca? Pipa? Any ideas?

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    bah bah booie RE: Tara Dec 29, 2000 04:56 AM

    Down on Houston just west of Broadway is a great Italian restaurant thats been there for ever and serves great Coal Oven pizza and the usual favorites. Can't think of the name though....sorry

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      stephen kaye RE: bah bah booie Dec 29, 2000 08:34 AM

      I know the place you're talkig about. can't think of the name just yet either. its on the north side of houston, on the corner of thompson possibly.

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        Mark M RE: stephen kaye Dec 29, 2000 09:34 AM

        The place you folks are referring to is Arturo's.
        106 W Houston

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      Peter Cuce RE: Tara Dec 29, 2000 05:39 AM

      I thought about what I'd do in your situation, and the first thing that popped into my mind was Grange Hall, in the west village. I've been going there for years, and I've never had a bad experience. Jim has it listed in his book, but I don't know if he still stands by that recommendation. Their menu is American comfort/farmhouse food, and they are known for their mixed drinks, especially Cosmopolitans and the like. They also have interesting American wine and beer lists, including some local vintages. They have lots of great vegetable side dishes, but sometimes I'll just order a few as my entree becaue they're so tasty. Another good appetizer is the smoked trout. The entrees are hearty, running along the lines of pork chops and fish, and I believe all the game is organic. The vibe is very nice and the service is usually very good, and I've only had one bad experience there. Reservations are a must, especially for a party. I have had a party of 8 there before. Good luck. There's a NY Today link included below for all requisite information.

      Link: http://www.nytoday.com/scripts/static...

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        Jim Leff RE: Peter Cuce Dec 29, 2000 12:57 PM

        Still good, but not what it once was. Their former second chef (Jose) is now the top chef; when he's on it's good-not-great and when he's not it's a crap shoot. I don't know where the old chef went.

        And brunch should be avoided...it's really popular, but it always disappoints.

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        Aaron Tell RE: Tara Dec 29, 2000 09:22 AM

        Haven't been to Gradisca.

        My suggestion is Volare, a good Italian restaurant on West 4th Street near 6th Avenue. The prices are reasonable and you shouldn't have trouble getting in. Good luck!

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          www.CiaoNewYork.com RE: Tara Jan 1, 2001 07:29 PM

          My wife and I had a great meal at Gradisca and we recommend it highly.

          Link: http://www.CiaoNewYork.com

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