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I need a little more info for our trip in two weeks. We'll be staying in Chelsea.

We're arriving on Friday the 15th to our hotel at about 2 p.m. and we have tickets to Talk Radio that night. I'm thinking about just grabbing a snack before the show and then grazing in Chelsea after the show. Tia Pol, maybe. Any other suggestions for late night eats in Chelsea?

On Saturday, my boyfriend's birthday, we have to be somewhere in the Lower East Side by 9:45 p.m., near Orchard and Stanton. Any ideas for dinner? We went to Balthazar last month and loved it. Tried getting reservations for Babbo for that night and it's booked. Anything between Chelsea and LES is good. We like Italian, of course. We want a great meal, not too fancy, but special. About $175 for the entire meal.

Thanks again for your help!
Gayle

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  1. For late night dining in Chelsea, it's hard to beat Chelsea Papaya. Just make sure you've had about 10 beers beforehand.

    1. Not in, but very near, Chelsea--Florent.
      For Italian, if you can't go to Babbo, any restaurant in the Peasant/Apizz/The Orchard family would be a good substitute.

      1. If you want Babbo-like without the rez, do a walk-in a Lupa. If you get there around 6 I dont' think you'd have a probleam eating and getting to the LES by 9:45.

        1. One warning on Tia Pol after the show: I showed up there after theater one night, at 10:30ish and the line was still so long that they turned us away because they weren't going to be able to get us in before the kitchen closed that night. So Tia Pol may not work, but Izakaya Ten, right next door to Tia Pol, has great Japanese small plates and always has room. Also, Cookshop, just a couple of blocks down Tenth Avenue, is a nice spot for a bite and cocktails after a show.

          1. An alternative to tapas in Chelsea would be to remain in the Theater District and go to Tintol, on 46th St., b/t 6th & 7th Avs.

            http://www.tintol.net

            1. For the late night suggestion, how about Cafeteria?

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              1. re: jinet12

                Details on Cafeteria? Thanks so much for the suggestions so far. Any others for dinner on Saturday night in LES?

                1. re: geg5150

                  High quality italian on the LES... how about Falai?

                  1. re: egit

                    I ended up getting reservations at Apizz. What do you think about that in comparison to Falai?

                    1. re: geg5150

                      I prefer Apizz, but then again I haven't been to Falai since soon after it opened. Desserts were the best part of Falai at my meal (I went back just for dessert later). In terms of food, they are very different. Apizz is more rustic Italian, whereas Falai is more precious.

                  2. re: geg5150

                    cafeteria is on 7th & 17th, but isn't that great.
                    Better might be the Bar Veloce on 7th - it's a great wine bar with tapas/small plates.

                2. Bottino on 10th ave could be a good alternative to Tia Pol. I enjoy the food and the room is very pretty and romantic.