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Aug 11, 2007 06:15 AM

downtown, not Mildred Pierce

We are taking several New Yorkers to dinner on Thursday.
Would like something comparable, as this was always our spot at such times.
Some like innovative food, and some like the basics.
Would like something in this price range, not higher.
Can't think of a downtown restaurant that fits the bill.
Was thinking Quince or Zucca, but would rather stay downtown.
Don't want to go as high as George or Chaido, if I don't need to.

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  1. If most of your guests like seafood, Starfish might be a good choice. They also offer a few choices for landlovers. I realize the atmosphere is nothing like Mildred Pierce, but I was impressed with the food quality when I went in May. The dishes I ordered seemed innovative, but there were also some more traditonal items on the menu.

    1. How about Rosebud or it's new sister restaurant, Citizen? Not the atmosphere of Mildred Pierce (no one else has that, really), but very good at a reasonable price point.

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      1. re: TorontoJo

        Your in luck. Mildred Pierce closed two weeks ago.

        1. re: cowhound

          I think erly knew that- and was looking for a similar place since Mildrid Pierce was missed...

      2. The Town Grill, on Carlton - don't be intimidated by the neighbourhood. This place is fantastic and the food is amazing.

        1. Town Grill and Rosebud are good suggestions, though I was disappointed with my last visit to Rosebud. Silver Spoon is great, and the Niagara Street Cafe is fabulous, but closed for the next week or so I think.

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          1. re: Badjo

            Thanks all.
            I have made a reservation at Town Grill.
            Two of the restaurants mentioned above are the only two in the city to which I will never return because of insulting service.
            Silver Spoon, which we thought excellent, and went to on a regular basis, which I still recommend, and Starfish where our meal was decent, but not great, and the sarcastic server spoiled our meal, as well as that of our guest.

            1. re: erly

              I hope I am not too late. On my last visit to Town Grill, I am sure my tuna was off, but we were in a hurry and I didn't bother to deal with it. Instead I picked around it. After a couple of visits, this one is not on my list of places to take an out of town guest. If you are open to changing your mind, I'd suggest Batifole on Gerrard east of Broadview or POP Bistro on Queen St E. Another option in the general area is Globe Bistro on Danforth. I've not tried it yet, but it gets good reviews. Of course, I love Batifole and it would be my first choice for service and food.

              1. re: dinin and dishin

                Just cancelled Town Grill.
                I do love Batifole.
                Thought it might not suit the plain eater, but they do have steak, and a limited selection of fish.

                1. re: james

                  If brevity is the soul of wit you are indeed most witty. :)

                  1. re: dinin and dishin

                    LOL! I was going to write something - I really LIKE the Town Grill, and thought it was sad that one would cancel a reservation because of the feedback of a single person! - but my dog really needed to go out for a walk and I lost my train of thought! :-) The Town Grill isn't trendy & it's not the new IN spot, but it is a great little neighbourhood place that serves good food and has pleasant service!

                    1. re: james

                      You know, I want to like the Town Grill. And the first time I went a few years ago, I did. But something seemed to have happened. But based on the original post, Batifole seemed a much better fit. I will try TG again someday based on your more verbose assessment. ;)

                      1. re: dinin and dishin

                        As I think you should! I think that we often reject certain restaurants because others have had (self-described) bad experiences there. But what does that mean? They expected something that (many) others do not? Perhaps. I really like the Town Grill. Don't get there as much as I would like, but it upsets me that someone would cancel a reservation there on the word of one other person! What's up with that?!?!

                        1. re: james

                          People have the right to make their own restaurant choices...don't take it personally.

                          1. re: james

                            erly wrote:
                            "I do love Batifole.
                            Thought it might not suit the plain eater, but they do have steak, and a limited selection of fish."

                            This indicates to me that Batifole was a favourite that was taken off the list originally because of food choice, and then when I brought it up, the poster had second thoughts and chose it. I don't think erly said no to Town Grill based on my post, but rather my post reaffirmed Batifole as a choice.

                            ...but if I really do have that much power may I suggest......:)