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stumped for dinner tonight/downtown nyc

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

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    1. re: JungMann

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

      1. re: MMRuth

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

        1. re: MMRuth

          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. 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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        1. re: dingaling

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

          1. 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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            1. re: erin07nyc

              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.

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

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              1. re: LifeisGood58

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