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Nice place after Landmark Sunshine cinema on Houston

hlbones Dec 1, 2006 02:26 AM

To take my folks to, I need a nice white-tablecloth restaurant near the movie, on Houston (the cinema, not necessarily the restaurant). But not Asian (I've been feeding them Asian all week). Thanks

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    eeee Dec 1, 2006 02:06 PM

    What exactly do you mean by white tablecloth? There are some good restaurants around there, but the East Village/LES isn't exactly the best neighborhood for formal dining. What's your travel range?

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      TipsyMcStagger Dec 1, 2006 02:21 PM

      How 'bout Basso Est on Orchard near Houston?

      I wouldn't have any problem taking my parent there. Good food and very friendly service.


      1. CorgiLover Dec 1, 2006 03:20 PM

        I just read a not-so great review of it on this board and haven't been myself, but isn't Prune a little fancier? It is close to the theator and walking by it looks like it has such a nice vibe.

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          Nehna Dec 1, 2006 04:51 PM

          Prune isnt fancy at all actually, very bistro feel to it, simple wood etc...and very infamously cramped seating.

          Suba isnt that far and has never failed me for a nice meal. Public isnt a long haul away either and very good.
          Frankie's perhaps as well?

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          psmalera Dec 1, 2006 03:33 PM

          Tenement is nearby. It's solid, not mindblowing, but has a nice vibe. For a bit of a walk consider Falai or Frankie's Spuntino both on Clinton.

          EDIT: If by white tablecloth you really mean fancy shmancy, these might not be my recommendations. they are all good, but they all have the feel of repurposed LES spaces-- great service and food, but definitely "downtown" in nature.

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            hlbones Dec 1, 2006 10:49 PM

            Medium fancy, but not fancy-schmancy. Kinda Duane Park (where we ate last week?) A grown-up restaurant.

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            skeetereats Dec 1, 2006 04:36 PM

            I really like Max on Ave. B btn 3rd & 4th Street.
            Great italian homemade pastas. Killer ambiance. But not white-tablecloth.
            Doesn't matter though...you don't need it!

            1. thievery Dec 1, 2006 04:40 PM

              Rialto I believe has the table cloth and standard american brasserie fare. Nothing to write home about but solid post-movie fare.

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                eeee Dec 1, 2006 04:54 PM

                in that area for "nicer" dining I would go with Hearth. you can definitely take your parents there.

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                  comidaqueen Dec 1, 2006 04:56 PM

                  Peasant on Elizabeth street.

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                    zak1013 Dec 1, 2006 04:56 PM

                    How about The Orchard? Not too far away, and extremely good food. It's not "white tablecloth" but it is very nice and it's not a super-young or trendy crowd.

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                      Crepe Suzette Dec 1, 2006 05:06 PM

                      How about Apizz, right around the corner? It's fairly fancy, cozy and has delicious food. Gets rave reviews on this board.


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                        jcm Dec 1, 2006 05:20 PM

                        I second Hearth, but it is a difficult res. I also have to suggest Katzs if your folks have never been. Far from a white tablecloth, but it's right down the block. Also had a good meal down at Alias awhile back. Clinton and Rivington.

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                          alyssi Dec 1, 2006 06:28 PM

                          I think Savoy is the best option in the nearby area. I've taken my parents there and they always like it. Peasant is also a nice choice.

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                            jdmetz Dec 1, 2006 06:45 PM

                            Agreed. I was going to suggest Savoy. I like Peasant a lot too, but I think Savoy fits your description well.

                          2. MBShapiro Dec 1, 2006 07:53 PM

                            I vote for inTent after a good meal there last night. Mott btwn prince and spring. Good, interesting menu, great execution, and not that expensive.

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                              cricri7 Dec 1, 2006 10:22 PM

                              There are 2 bistros near by that are quite good. Lucien is the better one, but Père Pinard is good also. You get bistro food, steak frites, mussels, steak tartare, salmon tartare, etc.

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                                redbecca Dec 2, 2006 12:46 PM

                                I'd vote yes for Savoy - especially the upstairs part, and no on Lucien for parents. Too crowded, noisy and sometimes you leave smelling like you just jumped off the grill.

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                                  Jck90 Dec 2, 2006 09:44 PM

                                  Supper or Lucien... would have been my vote.

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