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Not super trendy restaurant for laid back girls night

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Genna G Jul 5, 2007 08:37 AM

Three of my girlfriends and I are going out to dinner tomorrow night, and we are looking for a place with a great atmosphere, a simple but excellent menu (American bistro-like...), good wine selection. We are in our early-twenties and don't want to break our banks, so we are looking for a place that's not too pricey! Hoping to venture outside of our Flatiron area apartment and perhaps into the East Village, SoHo, West Village, or somewhere fun.

A comforting restaurant with comforting food.

Any suggestions?

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    Simon RE: Genna G Jul 5, 2007 10:38 AM

    hmm, how about:

    -- Nolita House (Houston, by Mulberry)...some nice wines by the glass...food isn't staggering or anything but they grill a nice piece of salmon, make a good turkey burger, the Caesar is ok, and there are dessert specials...a fun and comfy place and it is highly affordable

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      roze RE: Simon Jul 5, 2007 12:15 PM

      I second Nolita House. They have amazing mac & cheese and great fish tacos. Won't break the bank either. Or maybe Alta?

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      EVchickadee RE: Genna G Jul 5, 2007 10:44 AM

      I like Virage on 2nd and 7th. Reasonably priced wines by the bottle and good salads/sandwiches/pastas. If it's nice weather they have a bunch of outdoor tables.

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        Pan RE: EVchickadee Jul 7, 2007 02:47 AM

        I've found Virage very underwhelming when I've been there, which was at least twice, though not recently. Everything was competent, but nothing had much taste, and it's not cheap.

        Genna, where did you end up, and how was it?

      2. Gluttonous Prime RE: Genna G Jul 5, 2007 12:26 PM

        There's Jane (on Houston and Thompson). Good food, and they have a pretty good selection of affordable dishes.

        And I also agree with Nolita House. They have 1/2 priced bottle of wines on Tuesdays; great deal.

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          ErinHAbe RE: Genna G Jul 5, 2007 01:25 PM

          recently went to a place called CORE 191 on Orchard (LES) for a similar girls night out dinner. Wines were good, small plates were great for sharing. Not too crowded.

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            LES Snob RE: ErinHAbe Jul 5, 2007 04:02 PM

            Wouldn't recommed Core 191. There are better values on LES for simlar food. I would try Azul Bistro, Savor, or Tapeo 29

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            Lucia RE: Genna G Jul 5, 2007 03:02 PM

            Jane, Little Owl, Deborah, Cornelia St. Cafe (a notch below the others foodwise)

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              idia RE: Lucia Jul 7, 2007 05:52 AM

              Strongly and enthusiastically recommend Crispo (if you can get in!)

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                Genna G RE: idia Jul 7, 2007 07:11 AM

                Thanks everyone for the suggestions!

                I ended up at Jane and had an AWESOME time---great food, perfect atmosphere (laid back, but classy, with a great mix of 'now and then' music. Service could definitely have been better but the girl was new and everything else was so great that we barely noticed. They sat us nearly right away too (we had a reservation, but we all know that usually that still means an extra 30 minutes). I will DEFINITELY go back! My friends couldn't stop talking about it....

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