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Dinner recs for lower east side please. Price is not important but great ambience and fantastic food for a mixed group of 4 friends, local and visitors who are pretty much willin to try most things...
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  1. Apizz, The Orchard, Tides, Azul

    1. Hearth, Prune and Peasant - all good ambiance with fantastic food.

      1. I love Kampuchea Noodle Bar, on Allen at Rivington. Cambodian; excellent sandwiches, small plates, noodle soups, lots of dished featuring berkshire pork. Price is right & the atmosphere is cool as well. A current favorite of mine.

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        1. re: MarieFromage

          I like Kampuchea a lot, but the ambience is a little too casual for dinner. Better the Orchard, SavorNY, 1492 or Stanton Social. I've wanted to check out Rayuela for some time and may do that this weekend. Looks like a great spot.

        2. Little Giant has great, interesting food and good drinks. Very small but a good place for a group of 4 friends and it looks onto a beautiful LES intersection of Orchard and Broome. Also like Alias over on Clinton.

          Hearth and Prune mentioned above are great but are located in the East Village.

          1. I second The Orchard, Apizz, Alias, and Little Giant, and would also like to add Falai, a personal favorite. Perhaps I'd add Suba, 'inoteca, or Salt Bar if those first five are too crowded/not to your liking. Also, there's always WD-50 for people who are willing to try anything.

            Hearth, Prune, and Peasant are all lovely restaurants, but they're not on the Lower East Side, and only Prune is even adjacent to the Lower East Side.

            1. prune was good. the diners i was with were amateurs so i had to take control. ordered a syrah from santa barbara. not bad. ripe fruit. jammy. bone marrow with rock salt and cornichons. good. good portion. salad accompaniment could have been more fun tho. head on prawns, lightly grilled with anchovy butter. very good. the wine was wrong. shoulda had a gruner for that moment.
              asparagus tips, cooked egg, brown butter. decent. coulda done it at home tho. lamb chop w/ braised dandelion greens and mash- good. grilled whole branzino fish, herbs- very good. my dish was the best. grilled quail, braised escerol, and house dried raisins on the vine. perfect with the syrah.
              desserts-ricotta ice cream with caramelized crunchy brioch croutons. AMAZING. choc cake with ganache- fair. macerated strawberries and cream. basic.
              overall-very good restaurant with good service, an affordable but contemporary menu and easy to navigate price perfect wine list. highly recommended.