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dinner for 3 girls saturday night in the ev or les

I am meeting up with 2 good friends for dinner on saturday. We're all in our 20s so we don't want anything too formal. We want to stay in the east village or could venture to the les. My lazy friend lives on 3rd and c, so anywhere near her is great. Here's the catch. One of us can't have tomatoes and tomato sauce, so that excludes most Italian. The other hates all risky or "weird" Asian food. A place like shillers, minus the huge scene and the wait, would be a perfect fit. Any ideas?

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  1. try public or barmarche. If you aren't set on the location, lure fishbar is great in Soho. I agree about the atmosphere at schillers... so annoying

    1. My girlfriend also has a tomato allergy, so I feel the pain of trying to find things for her to eat. If you like seafood, Bondi Road (LES) is pretty good and fun but not formal.

      1. I would check out: cafecito, Mercadito, Barrio Chino, EU, Freeman's

        1. Cafecito is good for mellow close by. Not really like Schillers. Freeman's is a slam dunk but no ressies so be prepared to wait. BArmarche in Nolita is not bad. I always like Five Ponits which is like EV's Union Square Cafe.

          1. I have been wanting to try EU for a while. Hear it's getting better and better. About 6th and B.

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            1. re: ronoc

              Went there a couple weeks ago. Food was good, but it was insanely loud and packed on a Saturday night (guy at the table beside us kept clapping and dancing to the music, and no one seemed to care... except us). EU might not fit the OP's request for Schiller's minus the scene. That said, I didn't have to wait past my reservation time.

            2. I had a girls night out at Jane on Houston recently and it was perfect. It was a Saturday night and we had no wait for our 7:45 reservation (though it looked like it got busy later). The place was fun and chill. The food was good (especially the gniocci app) and great drinks.

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              1. re: maxine

                I've been to Jane's for brunch and it does have a fun atmosphere. If you are willing to splurge a little, Mercer Kitchen in Soho will be fun. But in E-Vill, i think Mermaid Inn would be a lot of fun. I just went there with 2 girlfriends 2 weeks ago.

                1. re: maxine

                  Do you think this place would be good for a nice but not expensive dinner with parents?

                  1. re: Jel212

                    I think Jane would be a great place for a dinner with parents. Food isn't great, but it is reasonably priced, solid, and the vibe is comfortable.

                2. EU, Cafecito, Caracas, and Pylos in the EV are all great.

                  1. I just went to The Stanton Social with my 2 girlfriends, and we had a blast! We shared awesome tapas, which were filling, and they have an amazing drinks menu. We got 3 tapas + a kobe slider each, and it was filling. We also splurged on the chocolate tasting plate, since it was a b-day, but couldn't finish it! http://www.menupages.com/restaurantde...

                    1. No one's mentioned Azul Bistro yet. It's good, not too expensive, and I don't think you'll find any tomatoes in the house. Right down the street from Schillers.

                      1. Falai on 68 Clinton is a fantastic, modern non-tomato saucey joint (Ex. Ricotta gnudi in brown butter kind of deal and lots of meat entrees. Reservations required.)

                        Les Enfants Terribles is a fun, french bistro in the deep LES (canal at Ludlow)

                        Little Giant in the LES has great food and nice ambience. (Reservations are a good idea.)

                        Lucien is a another cute cozy French bistro on 1st Ave, just north of Houston.

                        Barriochino (on Broome St. below Deleancey) is good Mexican with an impressive selection of tequila.