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40th birthday for veggie wine lover

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jennywenny Dec 4, 2006 08:38 PM

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. Wilfrid RE: jennywenny Dec 5, 2006 03:53 PM

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

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      mr_fro2000 RE: jennywenny Dec 5, 2006 05:08 PM

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

      1. ndl RE: jennywenny Dec 5, 2006 07:38 PM

        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.

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          jennywenny RE: jennywenny Dec 5, 2006 10:28 PM

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

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            careyurban RE: jennywenny Dec 6, 2006 05:53 PM

            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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              RGR RE: careyurban Dec 6, 2006 06:15 PM

              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!

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                chow_gal RE: careyurban Dec 6, 2006 08:58 PM

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

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                  careyurban RE: chow_gal Dec 7, 2006 05:06 PM

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

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                    chow_gal RE: careyurban Dec 7, 2006 06:20 PM

                    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/

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                      TipsyMcStagger RE: chow_gal Dec 7, 2006 09:11 PM

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

                      And 2nd and 84th.

                      Tipsy

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                  Jill RE: careyurban Dec 7, 2006 09:24 PM

                  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. jason carey RE: jennywenny Dec 7, 2006 03:49 PM

                  Counter has a great list and very good food

                  1. Ljubitca RE: jennywenny Jan 25, 2007 10:55 AM

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

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