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Aug 23, 2007 07:29 AM

Dinner with Dad - need parking nearby!

Hello! I need to pick a restaurant for tonight with my dad. He's pretty picky - doesn't like anything too spicy, not too expensive (up to $20/$25 for an entree), he prefers a big menu, but doesn't want anything too "boring" - ie things he can easily get on Long Island, like regular Italian food. He's also driving in, so he wants an area where he can find a parking spot easily (he doesn't like parking in a garage). As for me, I prefer anyplace below 34th st - open to anything else.

Given all of this... Any suggestions?? Thank you!

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  1. What cuisines DOES he like? Besides Italian, what is considered "boring?"

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    1. re: LeahBaila

      He also wouldn't want bar food (burgers, fries, etc). Other than that I think he's pretty open to types of food. Places we've gone to in the past have been Esperanto, Yaffa and Lucy's Latin Kitchen - he thought all were fine, although didn't seem to LOVE any.

      1. re: deeg

        How about Giorgio's of Gramercy?

    2. What day of the week? Is this for August, or later? (All of this will affect the parking situation!)

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        1. re: deeg

          As for parking, I am most knowledgable about Chelsea. There are many streets between 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue that allow parking only for commercial vehicles during the day, and then are wide open for non-commercial vehicles after either 6pm or 7pm (depending on the street). For example, on W. 24th between 5th and 6th, you can park on the downtown side of the street beginning at 6pm (until 8am the next morning) and on the uptown side of the street beginnint at 7pm (until 11pm; overnight parking is not permitted on this side of the street, even though it is not well marked). If your father gets there just before then, he should have no problem.

          As for nearby eats, check out the menu at Markt (6th Ave and 21st St) to see if it might interest him. People, myself included, love Le Zie (7th Ave and 20th St), but that might be too ordinary Italian for your dad. The Black Pearl (26th St betw B'way and 6th) might be different enough for him, without being too challenging.

          Check out all the menus on

      1. May be Landmarc at Tribeca? Landmarc definitely has a bit menu - bistro fares that include sandwich, pasta, salad, steaks, you name it. Not sure about the parking, but there should be street parking along the way in Tribeca (but that does not mean it will be easy to get parking, as it never is in NYC).

        1. If you think your dad would like Turkish food, I recommend Turkish Kitchen on 3rd, b/t 27th & 28th.

          You don't say what time he'll be driving in, but here are a few parking options a short walk from the restaurant:

          After 6: both sides of 25th St., b/t 3rd & Lex (Meters terminate at 7.
          )After 7: 24th St., b/t 3rd & Lex, after 7
          east side of Lex, b/t 24th & 25th

          N.B.: Meters on 3rd in this area go off at 10! :-( :-( :-(

          1. Houston's on Park Ave?