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Anyone tried Alias LES?

Jel212 Jun 25, 2007 07:19 AM

The menu looks good, the website looks like it's a super-casual place. I'm looking for something with a bit of a funky, but nice atmosphere, with fantastic food at about $20 an entree, similar to maybe Little Giant, but just a bit nicer atmosphere.

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    kathryn Jun 25, 2007 07:29 AM

    I've been to the old one many times but the chef (Shane Coffey) has since left. They just got a new chef so any intelligence from CH is likely to be out of date.

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      josefr Jun 25, 2007 09:02 AM

      I've been to both about 3 times, but enjoyed Little Giant slightly more. That being said, I've always had a reservation for LG, but just showed up at Alia's. If you like LG, then Alia's is worth trying.

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      1. re: josefr
        Jel212 Jun 25, 2007 11:27 AM

        Thanks! I'd be going for a b-day dinner, so I def want it to be special

      2. Wilfrid Jun 25, 2007 11:30 AM

        According to New York magazine, the new chef, formerly at Babbo, is cooking a seasonal Italian menu - and if so, the website menu may well be out of date.

        1. Nosher Jun 25, 2007 12:13 PM

          Alias is one of the first places we wrote about, and we've been back many times. We haven't been since the change of chefs, but it used to be very solid.

          Nosher

          NYCnosh* http://nycnosh.com

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            LES Snob Jun 25, 2007 02:42 PM

            Have been several times since the new chef has come and they haven't lost a step. In fact they have improved. Not really a comparison to Little Giant, in my opinion. Alias is good for a casual meal at the price point you are looking for.

            1. re: LES Snob
              Jel212 Jun 26, 2007 12:17 PM

              Thanks! Can you explain how it's different from LG? And what's the atmosphere like? Aaaand, if you don't mind - can you provide a comparison to LG?

              Thanks : )

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                LES Snob Jun 29, 2007 10:06 AM

                Sorry I am just seeing this know. LG is more polished and in my opinion a little overpriced. Alias feels like a LES restaurant that opened 7 years ago (rough estimate). Though both offer comfort food, I would characterize LG as "country American," while Alias is more casual Southern.

                1. re: LES Snob
                  Jel212 Jun 29, 2007 10:36 AM

                  Thanks!

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            laurieb0078 Jun 27, 2007 07:12 PM

            Delicious and great value. Mermaid in is also a great pick

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            1. re: laurieb0078
              Jel212 Jun 28, 2007 07:06 AM

              Thanks! What's the atmosphere like? I dig Mermaid Inn, but I'm looking to take the boyf for his birthday, and that's where we went for one of our first dates.

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