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Where to eat after Chelsea gallery hopping?

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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.

            1. It might not fulfill your requirements, but my favorite place to go after gallery-hopping in Chelsea is Grand Sichuan Chelsea, 24th and 9th. Another possibility is Pepe Giallo, 10th Av. between 24th and 25th, and they do have a garden. I haven't been to Pepe Giallo for perhaps a couple of years, so keep that in mind, but the Pepe chain has been known for good panini and decent pasta at modest prices. The folks who own and run the Pepe chain are Italians, and I've found that much Italian is spoken in their establishments. Just a thought, though I'd still go with Grand Sichuan.

              1. if you like tapas, you should definitely check out tia pol on 10th avenue between 22nd and 23rd. excellent food, great sangria. it is rather small, and much easier to get a seat earlier in the evening. the pinchos, chorizo con chocolate, and tortilla espanola are really really good.

                1. 2 spots in Chelsea

                  If you like european food check out Parea on 36 east 20th between Broadway and park ave. Very nice elegant place for food and wine. they have a website www.parea-ny.com

                  another place thats good and fun is Slate PLUS www.slate-ny.com they are on 21st between 5th and 6th aves.

                  P.S. if there are websites for the other locations please post i like to see before i go...

                  NY City Guy