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unpretentious good eats in a garden type setting

citified Jun 15, 2007 12:48 PM

Any recommendations for good low key, great food eats in perhaps a garden room (downtown--preferably)?? Thanks so-o- much.

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  1. erin07nyc RE: citified Jun 15, 2007 12:51 PM

    August - check the menu. It varies, and I don't always find the gamey options appealing. The back garden is great, though. Excellent brunch, too.

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      kalyse RE: erin07nyc Jun 15, 2007 12:55 PM

      crispo on 14th street is really good food and a good atmosphere. has a nice garden area in the back, although im not positive you can guarantee that when you make your reservation. worth a try though.

      also i havent been in a long time but i remember the restaurant gnocco having a nice garden area. and food was good and not expensive. think it may be cash only.

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        blanchita121 RE: kalyse Jun 15, 2007 01:04 PM

        It's been a few years since I visited Gnocco, but it was nice in the garden on an Easter Day!

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      blanchita121 RE: citified Jun 15, 2007 01:05 PM

      Mermaid Inn has a nice garden, but you may have to wait!

      1. financialdistrictresident RE: citified Jun 15, 2007 01:19 PM

        I Coppi has a garden. Italian. Good food.

        That tapas place, 1492? on Clinton has a nice garden.. Haven't been there in a long time so can't comment on food. It seemed a little pricey the last time I was there.

        1. BaconBits RE: citified Jun 15, 2007 01:33 PM

          Cafe Asean is real tasty and it has a lovely garden in the back.

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            lisette RE: citified Jun 15, 2007 01:33 PM


            1. ChefJune RE: citified Jun 15, 2007 01:34 PM

              I'm partial to the food and the ambiance at Gascogne, on 8th Avenue at 18th Street. beautiful garden in the back.

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                Lucia RE: citified Jun 15, 2007 04:49 PM

                I agree w/August, Crispo, and Mermaid Inn. Cacio e Pepe and Barbone are also good.

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                  idia RE: Lucia Jun 15, 2007 08:10 PM

                  Crispo was my first thought too.
                  In the theater district try Le Madeleine or Marseille.

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                  batterypark RE: citified Jun 16, 2007 05:46 AM

                  Le Jardin Bistro in that area just east of Soho has straightfoward and very good food in a gorgeous garden.

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