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rudysmom Aug 31, 2006 11:16 AM

Staying in the 25th St/5th Ave area overnight, woman of a certain age seeks either a quiet place for solo dinner or good takeout. TIA.

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    was_bk RE: rudysmom Aug 31, 2006 03:54 PM

    Veritas and Gramercy Tavern are the usual (upscale) recs in that area.

    A search of the archives on "solo" will bring up loads of other options in the Flatiron/Gramercy/Chelsea nabes.

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      antjones9 RE: rudysmom Aug 31, 2006 04:01 PM

      Your options are pretty unlimited in the flatiron district. Name a price range and preferred type of cuisine.

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        rudysmom RE: antjones9 Aug 31, 2006 08:10 PM

        Doesn't need to be too fancy. I'm sort of losing money on this trip, would prefer to keep things middlebrow. I'd probably be happy with a big salad & decent glass of wine.

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        kesues RE: rudysmom Aug 31, 2006 04:49 PM

        You could dine at the bar @ Eleven Madison Park

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          xavier RE: kesues Aug 31, 2006 05:15 PM

          L'express is a little lower end, but good solo. Haru or any of the other sushi places is probaby good, esp. at the bar.

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            RGR RE: xavier Aug 31, 2006 07:09 PM

            I think the food at L'Express has gone downhill over the years and is now just so-so. Plus, it's hardly the quiet environment the o.p. is seeking.

            So many way better options in the area. Two of my favorites, Veritas and EMP, have already been mentioned. I would add another favorite, Fleur de Sel. Also, I've not been to Tocqueville since they moved into their new space, but the food has always been excellent.

        2. dkstar1 RE: rudysmom Aug 31, 2006 09:04 PM

          I think dining at EMP, with the new menu, would be a bit odd. It was a great place to solo dine when Terry was manning the kitchen. That being said, it is an excellent restaurant - even better than before.

          I'd go to the Tavern room at Gramercy Tavern or perhaps Veritas. A solo dinner at Fleur de Sel (no offense to my friend RGR) would bore me to tears.

          It's a bit more lively, but sitting at the bar at The Red Cat in Chelsea can be really nice. I've done that with great success.

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            RGR RE: dkstar1 Sep 1, 2006 04:35 AM

            Hey, dk*1, No offense taken. :-) But the o.p. did say she wanted a "quiet place," and Fleur de Sel does fit that description. Actually, now that she has posted that she's not anxious to spend a lot of money and would be happy with a salad and a glass of wine (see her answer to anjones9 above), I think upscale places like EMP, Veritas and Fleur de Sel would not be particularly good choices.

            Btw, EMP's previous chef was Kerry Heffernan.

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              dkstar1 RE: RGR Sep 1, 2006 03:12 PM

              True. It is very quiet. I agree that with cost being an issue...neither of those places are a great fit. As for Kerry..yep, I know. Just a type o. :)

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            cricri7 RE: rudysmom Sep 1, 2006 12:39 AM

            You could go to Campanile (29th street between Madison and Park avenue south)" Really good Italian food and the owner chats with you if you sit at the bar. This is a really nice place.

            There is Les Halles also.

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              Simon RE: cricri7 Sep 1, 2006 12:43 AM

              Les Halles?...deafeningly loud, rude service, long waits, and downhill food: exactly what the OP wants to avoid...

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                cricri7 RE: Simon Sep 1, 2006 10:33 AM

                If you have an early dinner, it is not too loud. About the service, it depends on the waiter because the first time I went there the waiter offered me a glass of port after dinner, on the house, because it was a slow night and we spoke in French (he was from France and me from Quebec) and he was glad to speak French with someone. I had the steak and it was quite okay. It was not the best, but more than passing grade. When I went to NY this summer, I had breakfast there with my boyfriend and it was really good, and less expensive than the restaurant Country at our hotel the Carlton, and once again the waiter was super nice. However, the girl at the door was not on her best day!
                If you want good take out, that's what I do sometimes when I feel like staying in my hotel room watching good american TV(!), I go to Pax. It is at the corner of 23rd and Park avenue south. The quality of the food is excellent. You get good salads, sandwiches and soups. You choose the ingredients for your salad and they do it right in front of you.

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              Simon RE: rudysmom Sep 1, 2006 12:50 AM

              If you like seafood, you might try Shaffer City (21st, just west of Fifth Ave)...you could get a nice glass of wine, a big salad, and some oysters or other seafood appetizer for a reasonable price...quiet and friendly...

              i second the Tavern Room at Gramercy Tavern...upscale but very pleasant and tasty...

              one more idea: this is further downtown, but Borgo Antico (13th St, near University Place) is quiet and serves reasonably priced rustic Italian food...fits your criteria nicely, and they have good wine by the glass, salads, and game specialties...

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                mr_fro2000 RE: rudysmom Sep 1, 2006 03:21 AM

                find a seat at the bar at casa mono. make sure you get the razor clams.

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                  weiner RE: rudysmom Sep 1, 2006 03:27 PM

                  Dano on 5th and 28th I believe. Quality in a quiet setting.

                  1. Scott V RE: rudysmom Sep 1, 2006 05:15 PM

                    Giorgio's of Gramercy. Nice and quiet.......

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                      sherrisparaga RE: rudysmom Sep 9, 2006 11:36 PM

                      1)Pizza Fresca has great thin crustnpizza on 20th street.
                      2)Tamarind Tea room, an offshoot of the upscale Tamarind, is great for cheap lunch takeout (they aren't open at dinner).
                      3)Mizu, Yama and Haru have great sushi

                      And, I love Les Halles and have never had a service issue there.

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