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Dec 28, 2000 09:23 PM

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

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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

    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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    1. re: bah bah booie

      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.

      1. re: stephen kaye

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

    2. Tara
      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.


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      1. re: Peter Cuce

        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's really popular, but it always disappoints.

      2. 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!

        1. w

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