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Jun 28, 2006 02:21 PM

Where to eat after Chelsea gallery hopping?

Seeking recommendations of Manhattan restaurants between 8th & 10th Aves, 16th and 28th Streets, that are moderate price (whatever that is nowdays) and not noisy clubs. Like lite fresh food and quiet corner for post-art tet a' tets. In summer, garden seating a bonus, but this is a year-round quest. Thanx.

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  1. The Half King on 10th /West 23rd is moderately priced good quality food, good service and a garden out the back.

    1. red cat - no garden - great food

      bottino - garden - not so great food

      1. How about Naka Naka (17th St. near 10th Ave.)? Simple home-style Japanese in a small, serene space.

        1. Suenos (on 17th just west of 8th) is a good bet. Good "summer-y" Mexican food, two-for-one margaritas until 7pm (with very good chips and chipotle salsa), and a pretty friendly vibe. Sue Torres is in the kitchen...

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          1. re: danoots

            I second this rec. While Suenos doesn't have a garden you can sit in, it does have a pretty interior rock garden (walled off from the dining room) that some tables face onto.

            Gavroche (8th near 17th or 18th) has a garden, but I wasn't crazy about the food on a recent visit.

            1. re: Lucia

              That would be Gascogne, on 8th, b/t 17th & 18th. I have always found the food to be very good. A huge plus is its truly charming back garden.


              Gavroche is on 14th St., b/t 7th & 8th Avs. Very good food and a pleasant back garden.


              1. re: RGR

                Oops, you're right RGR. It's Gascogne. Never been to Gavroche.

          2. Add in the afternoon tea at Wild Lily Tearoom. It's a tranquil room with light Asian-tinged offerings and would be a welcome respite after art hopping.


            Also, for some waterfront dining, you can hit one of the eateries at Chelsea Piers. Can't speak for the food -- last time I ate there it was a crab place, now long gone -- but the view/river breeze is very refreshing.