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Garden seating in W. Village for engagement celebration dinner

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Our good friends just got engaged and we want to take them out to a nice dinner on Friday, something reasonably priced ($20-low $30 entree range), with a good wine list and I want to add that they're not terribly adventerous so we're looking for something American, Italian, Spanish, French. We aren't very familiar with the W. Village but that's where they want to go. We would also really like somewhere with a garden so we can enjoy the nice weather also.

Hopefully this is not too much to ask, especially given that wonderful neighborhood, but I want to be as specific as possible. TIA!

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  1. Palma on Cornelia St has a garden - Mediterranean Italian

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    1. re: FIFO22

      Great food, but my limited experience there was with grumpy service.

    2. Malatesta Trattoria has the best Italian in the neighborhood, IMHO. They open their walls to make the dining experience truly outdoors (for the street tables) or quasi-outdoors for the tables near these opened walls.

      1. Not quite W Village, but Gascogne at 18th & 8th is lovely French with an amazing garden!

        1. My first suggestion is August, on Bleecker between Charles and 10th, but although they fit your cuisine type requirement (I think they bill themselves as pan-European), I'd still check the menu to see if you think it would work for your friends since it's not what everyone thinks of when they mention those cuisines. Crispo (Italian) and Gavroche (French) both on 14th street have nice gardens in the back and are pretty traditional in their menu offerings.

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          1. re: bml

            Interesting. Does August actually have an outdoors back garden or do they just open up the glass ceiling in the back room?

            1. re: cimui

              They just open up the ceiling, I believe.

            2. re: bml

              The garden at Crispo is lovely. I took my relatively traditional in-laws there and they were thrilled with it.

            3. For Italian-American (i.e. less refined than the authentic Italian at Malatesta) and a large garden, try Vittorio on Bleeker. Nearby is AOC, also with a nice garden.

              Otherwise, nice gardens are tough to find in West Village restaurants.

              1. For the sake of rounding out your options:

                1. Tio Pepe (Spanish / bad Mexican) has a nice, covered garden in the back. The food is not, IMO, the greatest, but it's fair enough if you stick with the Spanish.

                2. If you go a wee bit further east, there's also B-Bar, with an outdoors back patio, reasonably priced, reasonably good "American" and a mundane, but solid wine list.

                1. I went to a nice birthday dinner in the back garden at Home on Cornelia Street about a year ago. Cute space, plus good comfort-style American food. I think the wine list is limited to reasonably local offerings.

                  1. Vittorio on Bleecker and Grove has a lovely garden. It is a neighborhood place, family owned, not hip or famous, but I have been there many times (not recently, though) and the food was always consistently good. The chef/owner's wife, a nice Italian lady, is the hostess.
                    They have a webpage: http://www.vittoriocri.com/

                    1. Do NOT got to Home....One of the worst dining experiences in NY.
                      Crispo is a great suggestion
                      41 Greenwich Avenue- Good 'ole comfort food and the nicest owners. The back patio is new and gorgeous!!!

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                      1. re: vegansusan

                        I like Home, actually. The food isn't innovative or anything, but it's well-executed comfort food in a cozy, comfortable space. My only complaint is that the wines are kept too warm. Why do you think it's so terrible?

                        1. re: cimui

                          Just a really bad experience...i once worked in a restaurant that size and new the importance of satisfied customers that would return. The level of service was subpar and insted of trying to help with requests, they could NOT have cared less that I sat there and ate NOTHING while my boyfriend dined. And, hello, have you ever heard of ventilation

                          1. re: vegansusan

                            While it's probably true that they should have been more accomodating, I'm not sure it's fair to pan a restaurant due to a dietary choice/restriction. The menu at Home is not extensive and much of their current menupages entry seems "prep heavy." Depending on many factors, the kitchen simply may not have been able to handle a special request like a vegan meal. It certainly seems like the menu is meat/cheese heavy, and they probably use a lot of butter and/or cream too.

                            ... assuming you're vegan, based on your name.

                      2. I second the AOC Bleecker recommendation. Just took a friend there for an engagement celebration - the garden (in my opinion) is the best in New York, and the prices are reasonable. The food is typical French Bistro food.