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jennielap May 30, 2007 05:18 PM

I was just reading about a restaurant in Soho called Five Points. Anyone know anything about it? Looks reasonably priced and the sample menus sounded good.It's going to be me and three college friends for dinner (all in the area, all women). Thanks!

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    kam0424 May 30, 2007 05:46 PM

    I LOVE Five Points, it is one of my fav spots in the city. Get the pork, it is amazing! Also, the desserts, brunch and sangria are great. Nice, relaxing atmosphere and the staff is friendly too.

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      Pan May 30, 2007 11:50 PM

      Just a point of order: Five Points is on Great Jones, which is several blocks above Houston, and is therefore not in SoHo (=South of Houston).

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        lucybobo May 31, 2007 06:57 AM

        When you make a reservation, be sure to request either a table outside or one in the middle room, along the "stream." Make sure you do not get put in the back under the bread cutting station=very uncomfortable.

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          centrejack May 31, 2007 08:02 AM

          I love Five Points for both dinner and brunch - and if you happen to be in the neighborhood at lunch time they have a great burger as well. The place as a nice vibe, very good service, and their take on New American is fantastic. There is one dish I had there about 3-4 years ago that I always remember (it was a special that I haven't had since). It was an appetizer portion of ravioli that were stuffed with spring peas and mint and finished in a sage brown butter. Just thinking about the balance of flavors and the complexity of aroma and taste that such a simple dish is to me the heart of good food. Their fish preparations and pork dishes are excellent. If they still have the Rhubarb desert get it it was great.

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            calabaza May 31, 2007 08:43 AM

            What is the dinnertime noise level at Five Points? Is the outdoor seating facing the sidewalk or is it a patio?

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              centrejack May 31, 2007 09:05 AM

              I think the noise level is boisterous enough to feel energy in the room, but not too loud that you can't hear one another. I hate restaurants where it is so hushed that you feel like other diners (not at your table) are listening to your every word.

              The outside seating is on the sidewalk, but it is a very wide area and the tables aren't too crowded. In addition Great Jones is a pretty quiet street for the neighborhood.

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                egit May 31, 2007 09:28 AM

                Five Points really is a nice place, and I love sitting by "the stream." I personally don't like sidewalk seating all that much, and Great Jones is a really ugly, gritty industrial looking street. If you sit outside,I think you'll spend your time looking at a car park across the way. Go for the inside Zen experience. Much nicer.

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            Lucia May 31, 2007 10:13 AM

            Five Points is pretty solid, though nothing worth going out of your way for, except maybe for brunch. Space is cool.

            1. Bob Martinez May 31, 2007 12:26 PM

              As someone mentioned earlier on the thread, the pork dishes at Five Points are outstanding. The room itself is very pleasant, a perfect balance between energy and quiet. Unlike many other places, the crowd at FP is multi-generational. It's common to see a table of people in their mid 20s seated next to a group in their mid 50s. Somehow they manage to please them all.

              Places like Five Points don't get enough credit on the board. They've been around for awhile so the "new" factor has worn off. They aren't gimmicky and aren't run by a chef with lots of media exposure. All they do is just offer good food in a nice atmosphere at fair prices.

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                smcgill May 31, 2007 01:35 PM

                I haven't been in a while, but it's been very good in the past. Actually, I've switched my allegiance to Marc Myers' second spot, Cookshop, in far west Chelsea. Wonderful spots, both.

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