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I feel slightly moronic posting this since I used to work right in this area, but...

I have a birthday party to go to on Saturday night at an Irish pub on 44th st. b/w 8th & 9th Avenues. Two friends and I plan on having dinner (around 9'ish) first. I am a totally food person, but slightly on the starving artist end. One of the other girl's is NOT a foodie, but is loaded and loves chic places. So....I need to find a happy medium. I worked in the area for three years, and so I'd like to avoid the standbys is possible (West Bank, Chez Jo, HK, Markt, etc). American/Italian preferred. Entrees no more than $20.

Any thoughts?

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  1. You don't say when you worked in the area but if it was before the last year and a half and you are avoiding the West Bank Cafe because you didn't like the food, there has been a change of chefs, and the New American cuisine he is serving is excellent. Have a look at the menu on their website. However, while I liked the ambiance, I'd have to admit that "chic" would not be exactly the word I'd use to describe it.

    http://www.westbankcafe.com

    How about Esca? While my one experience there was disappointing, it does have lots of fans. It has a sleek (chic?) feel to it and, though it can be expensive, there are a few pasta dishes with prices around $20.

    http://www.esca-nyc.com

    1. RGR is right, Esca is good, is scene-y enough. There's another Italian Restaurant down Ninth a bit (around 38th St.), Osteria Gelsi (I think I've got that right...relying on memory, here). Not as much of a scene, but good food for a bit less than Esca, and I'm sure Osteria would be easier to get into.....

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      1. re: 280 Ninth

        You're right about the name. Here's their website:

        http://www.gelsinyc.com/

        Every time I think I know pretty much all the restaurants in the Theater District, a Hound comes up with a new one. lol But now that I think about it, I recall passing by it last weekend, and it looked very nice though it's more trattoria-style than chic.