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Interesting quietish place nearish Washington Square?

T. O. Martin Sep 24, 2007 12:04 PM

Any suggestions for an interesting place nearish Washington Square (say within a 15 minute walk) for a group of 5 who want to be able to hear each other easily? We don't want a super high-end place, but we're not looking for a cheap place.

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    romafan RE: T. O. Martin Sep 24, 2007 01:20 PM

    North Square, Waverly & MacDougal

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      bxgirl RE: romafan Sep 24, 2007 02:51 PM

      I second North Square. It was the first place that came to my mind when I read the original post.

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        Lucia RE: bxgirl Sep 24, 2007 02:55 PM

        The food at North Square is very mediocre. I wouldn't recommend.

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          elecsheep9 RE: bxgirl Sep 24, 2007 04:05 PM

          I third the recommendation for North Square. I have never found the food to be less than excellent, and the atmosphere is exactly as you ordered.

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        Campofiorin RE: T. O. Martin Sep 24, 2007 01:23 PM

        Would Blue Hill fit the bill? Maybe a little expensive I guess.

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          T. O. Martin RE: Campofiorin Sep 24, 2007 04:41 PM

          The NYT
          SOUND LEVEL Varies widely with size of crowd; can become quite loud.
          In your experience, has it been relatively quiet?

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            Campofiorin RE: T. O. Martin Sep 25, 2007 06:32 AM

            I was actually just suggesting since I've read many good things about it lately. I'll be going for the 1st time next week.

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          cricri7 RE: T. O. Martin Sep 24, 2007 01:31 PM

          Bellavitae has had some good reviews and doesn't seem like a trendy place where everybody screams and dances on the chairs!

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            Lucia RE: cricri7 Sep 24, 2007 01:34 PM

            I was thinking of Bellavitae as well.

          2. monalisawoman RE: T. O. Martin Sep 24, 2007 01:50 PM

            Cafe Asean. Beautiful outdoor patio, delicious vietnamese food.
            117 W. 10th St.

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              CalJack RE: monalisawoman Sep 24, 2007 02:39 PM

              I'd second the recommendation for Cafe Asean - the atmosphere falls nicely on the charming, comfortable side of quirky, while the Southern Asian fusion flavors are always fresh and pleasantly affordable ($10-$18 entrees).

              Easily the quietest quality meal I've had in the West Village in the past 6 months.

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              nixienox RE: T. O. Martin Sep 24, 2007 03:52 PM

              There's ditch plains. You can look at photos and menus and see if it interests you. http://www.ditch-plains.com/photos.html
              ...not so sure about the coffee served in paper cups though. . . .

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