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stumped for dinner tonight/downtown nyc

susan robin Aug 30, 2007 10:30 AM

the issue --- i need dinner for 4 tonight around 7 pm, soho, GV, west village, chelsea or flatiron. would like to stay around $40 per person including drinks if possible. one person is vegetarian. was going to do bellavitae but the last time i was there i thought it was just ok and service a bit rushed. have been spinning my wheels for 45 minutes, help!!!

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  1. JungMann RE: susan robin Aug 30, 2007 10:34 AM

    Tabla Bread Bar, Indochine, Boqueria, Alta should all rise to the ocassion.

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      MMRuth RE: JungMann Aug 30, 2007 10:39 AM

      Haven't been to Indochine in years - how's the food these days?

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        JungMann RE: MMRuth Aug 30, 2007 10:51 AM

        It's not my favorite, but my vegetarian friend loves it.

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          susan robin RE: MMRuth Aug 30, 2007 12:31 PM

          we were just there a few weeks ago, also had not been there is ages. very comfortable, decent service, some of the food was excellent (ribs), some was so-so.

      2. dingaling RE: susan robin Aug 30, 2007 10:36 AM

        Would have told you to go to Tigerland but they are closed now....my wife and i went to Sea Salt in the EV last friday night. The food was great. its Greek Seafood...you can get a whole fish prepared in the +20$ and that feeds at least two people....really fresh seafood and you get to pick it yourself, kinda like a fish market in the back..not too crowded when we went...and the price was great...we had 3 apps, a whole fish, and a nice bottle of turkish wine for $110.....it should be cheaper with more people....Kinda like a cheaper BLT FISH but just as good quality. just an idea....

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          jamie2742 RE: dingaling Aug 30, 2007 12:24 PM

          Are they serving the "off the menu" baked fish yet? Supposedly the prep consists of covering the fish in sea salt, brushing with egg whites for a "cast" effect, and then painting the whole thing in bright colors. Sounds cool, but wasn't available when I went there a few weeks ago.

          Also, how was the service? When I visited the service was really scattered, with nervous waiters sweating and running around aimlessly. Weird.

        2. LeahBaila RE: susan robin Aug 30, 2007 10:41 AM

          Markt, Crispo, Via Emilia, Gonzo, Kittichai, Otto, Los Dos Molinos

          1. erin07nyc RE: susan robin Aug 30, 2007 11:17 AM

            Markt is a great idea. I love Alta, but I think more than 1 drink each would put you over budget.

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              JungMann RE: erin07nyc Aug 30, 2007 11:23 AM

              Alta has a very reasonable wine list. I've had a generous dinner for two with wine come out to $35pp. When I get onto their terrific specialty drinks, that's when the trouble begins.

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              LifeisGood58 RE: susan robin Aug 30, 2007 11:46 AM

              Crispo. Very good; right price range. Interesting decor in the back room.

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                susan robin RE: LifeisGood58 Aug 30, 2007 12:29 PM

                Great choice --- so good, in fact, that they are booked!

              2. bosun RE: susan robin Aug 30, 2007 12:44 PM

                Piadina - 57 W 10th. Authentic, simple, incredible italian food. charming basement atmosphere, with good looking italian waiters, and decent wine - 26 bucks will get you a huge carafe of their house red. I have been going there for years and it's one of my favorites.

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                  idia RE: bosun Aug 30, 2007 01:01 PM

                  Crispo fills all your requisites.

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                    dingaling RE: idia Jun 25, 2008 10:19 PM

                    Crispo was excellent...everything was on point...(very good bone marrow) and the price was right....wondered why my wife and I had never been there before???

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                  stephaniec25 RE: susan robin Jun 26, 2008 06:49 AM

                  I recently went to Bar Stuzzichini with 2 friends and we had 2 bottles of wine, 3 appetizers, pasta, and a main course each for only about $55/person. It's close to Madison Square Park and the food is really delicious.

                  Also, you could try Da Andrea in the west village on Hudson. There is no reservations, but tables usually move quickly and I've never waited very long. Everything is very inexpensive, including the suprisingly good house wine. If you go, try the Proscuitto Flat Buns - they are delicious!!

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