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Restaurant recs in W.Village?

I have some friends visiting from Japan, and I am in search of a good restaurant that is nice, but won't break the bank. Any cuisine except Japanese, and something that's not greasy. Ideally in West Village as we are catching a show in the Village later, but if it's not too far (i.e. UES), the surrounding neighborhood is fine as well. In the $46-60/pp range?

Thanks for your help!

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  1. Some of my favorites are Crispo, Po, Lupa, Otto, Little Owl, August, and Snack Taverna

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    1. Da Andrea, and Little Owl

      1. I liked Alta alot! Delicious Tapas, moderate to expensive prices, but quiet and romantic setting. I heard everyone loves Little Owl.

        1. I've heard great things about August on Bleeker - the prices should be within your range. Perry Street is wonderful - but It might be just above your range.

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          1. re: kayonyc

            Thanks! I've been to August, and yes, that's a good place! The only problem is that they don't take reservations... (I might risk it). Perry Street came to my mind, but as you suspected, it's touch pricier than what I'm looking for. Little Owl was my other option too, but I couldn't get a table on the day and time I wanted. That's how I ran out of options and why I turned to you guys - thanks for your suggestions.

              1. re: Lucia

                Oh! that's good to know. Thanks so much.

          2. Blue Hill would be my choice. Tasting menu is $65. You can eat very well for less than that a la carte. Fresh, homegrown ingredients in a rowhouse just steps from Washington Square Park.

            1. Capsouto Freres might fit the bill.

              1. You can try Perry Street. Jean George is very famous in Japan, so they may appreciate that you bring them to one of his restaurants. Food is light and service is great. The sleek decor is a plus.

                1. i'm a big fan of 5ninth and fatty crab. both are super yum yum.
                  i've been to alta several times and finally stopped going because i never had service better than atrocious. village (on 9th st) is pretty tasty too, low key neighborhood bistro.

                  1. Perry Street is probably going to run you too much. Since Little Owl is booked, how about Spotted Pig or Perilla? They are both within walking distance of all the W. Village theaters.

                    1. Thanks for all your input! Ended up making a reservation at August.
                      Looking forward to going back for the second time...