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40th birthday for veggie wine lover

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A bunch of us are meeting up for a weekend at the end of Jan to celebrate our friend's 40th. He's a strict veggie, but we'll also have some meat lovers. I'd like somewhere fairly casual with a fantastic wine list thats fun and interesting for us. I hope we can get away with less than $100 each. Please help!

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  1. Actually, Otto fits the bill, but it can be somewhat raucous at weekends. Consider Lupa too.

    1. If you like indian, Devi has a meat and veg tasting menu. Haven't been, but I hear good things about it.

      1. as a meat-eater, i like the idea of italian or something like that, where everyone can go their own way, but actually, this place might be perfect: http://www.counternyc.com/

        i went to a biodynamic wine tasting there once and they had hors d'oeuvres (all veg, some vegan) that were delicious.

        1. That counter place sounds very interesting and right up his street, I'll look into it. Thanks for all the interesting suggestions!

          1. Counter would be great!

            Also Pure Food & Wine on Irving Place at E. 17th St. Great wine list and awesome food, although strictly vegetarian.

            Jessie's Place at 74th & Bway would also be good and have something for everybody (meat-eaters too!).

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            1. re: careyurban

              Pure Food is more than vegetarian; it's vegan. With the exception of the excellent lasagna, the food leaves a lot to be desired. I wouldn't recommend it for carnivores.

              My vote would go to Devi. Though I am a carnivore, there are many vegetarian dishes there that I think are delicious. When it comes to meat, the fabulous tandoori-grilled lamb chops are not to be missed!

              1. re: careyurban

                You mean JOSIE's. For a 40th? Not a special place at all. More of a neighborhood mini-chain.

                1. re: chow_gal

                  We must not be talking about the same place. The place I've been to is lovely.

                  1. re: careyurban

                    There is no such restaurant called Jessie's Place on 74th and Broadway. Josie's is at 300 Amsterdam Ave (Cross Street: 74th Street) There is another location on the east side in the 30s.

                    http://www.josiesnyc.com/

                    1. re: chow_gal

                      >>>There is another location on the east side in the 30s.<<<

                      And 2nd and 84th.

                      Tipsy

                2. re: careyurban

                  I second Pure Food and Wine. I am not a vegetarian and generally prefer non-vegetarian restaurants, but that place was really good. Everything was creatively prepared and delicious. It's a bit pricey but a completely different and memorable experience. Nothing is heated above 117 degrees (Something like that anyway, I think.) Definitely a spot to try.

                3. Counter has a great list and very good food

                  1. Pure Food is raw (and great and pricey). Counter is great and both have great wine.