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Upscale casual dinner in West Village

Seeing a show at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on Christopher St. in the West Village on Saturday. Open to just about anything with atmostphere and good food. We'd be arriving early (around 5) so reservations not necessary but a plus if they take them. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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  1. You are smack in a great food area for "upscale casual", good food:

    Casa for Brazilian; Little Owl - though there will be a wait; Blue Ribbon Bakery; Ditch plains; 'ino; AOC Bedford

    1. I second the recs for Little Owl and Blue Ribbon Bakery. As you are looking to eat so early you might get a res at Little Owl. ANother option is Mas (farmhouse) - the food is excellent there.

      Depending on when the show starts - Mary's Fish Camp opens at 6 and is fast and delicious.

      1. Third Blue Ribbon and would add Blue Hill to the list.

        1. Blue Hill would be safer with a reservation - and it is borderline formal, I'd say.

          1. Malatesta Trattoria is very close to the theater and has excellent Italian food.

            There's a popular Peruvean restaurant right accross the street.

            Snack Taverna is one block farther on Bedford than Little Owl, so a nice backup if Little Owl is too full.