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rjm Jan 17, 2007 02:45 AM

A restaurant for Friday night. Without the annoying hype or crowds (if possible)

Thank you.

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    Pan RE: rjm Jan 17, 2007 07:17 AM

    Price range? What constitutes "annoying hype" for you?

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      pellegrino31 RE: rjm Jan 17, 2007 05:55 PM

      And any restrictions based on neighborhood?

      Not knowing more details, my recs would be Crispo if your price range is on the slightly higher end (but not through the roof) or Valdino West if your budget is lower.

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        rjm RE: rjm Jan 18, 2007 02:46 AM

        Thank you. I have a mid range budget. I've wanted to try Crispo for a while. I'm not familiar with VW. Where is that?

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          pellegrino31 RE: rjm Jan 18, 2007 01:36 PM

          Valdino West is on Hudson and Bank. It's a small, neighborhood-y type place (the kind you wish you had if you don't already). The food is simple and well executed and the space is cozy.

        2. jenniebnyc RE: rjm Jan 18, 2007 02:49 AM

          Beppe

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            BellaCalabrese RE: rjm Jan 25, 2007 01:11 AM

            I don't know how it is these days, but I used to be a regular at Minetta Tavern on McDougal at Minetta Lane in the Village. I understand it appears to still review well, and I've seen some positive posts from Chows about it. I fell in love with their Veal Marsalla as well as their hearty Minestrone. The place is full of history, was a favorite of NY literati, and has a wonderful mural of the Village in their quaint dining room, which I have spotted in a number of movies. The last time I was in the Village about a year ago, I was surprised to find the place practically empty on a weekend night.

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              Bob Martinez RE: BellaCalabrese Jan 25, 2007 05:17 AM

              They actually now draw well on Friday and Saturday nights. If you hit it early though (7:00PM) you'll probably have no trouble getting a table.

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              earla3 RE: rjm Jan 25, 2007 05:48 AM

              Ok - I know that it's come in for some mixed reviews here, but I love BellaVitea, on Minetta Lane as well. Some caveats: You might call to make sure their brick oven is functional. The other night it was not effectively canceling out half the menu. While they have a very interesting Italian wine list, this is not the place for a cocktail (very few spirits are on offer). You might start with a cocktail at the bar at Minetta's and then head down the lane for food at BellaVitea.

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