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Excellent food AND civilized conversation?

eppie curious Nov 12, 2007 10:27 AM

Are there any restaurants in Manhattan of any cuisine where you can get a delicious and affordable meal ($150. for two) and also be able to converse with your dining companion without screaming yourselves hoarse? This is an especial wish for our anniversary dinner... Thanks so much for any and all advice!

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  1. MMRuth RE: eppie curious Nov 12, 2007 10:46 AM

    Does that amount include alcohol, tax & tip? Any particular cuisine preferences?

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      financialdistrictresident RE: MMRuth Nov 12, 2007 10:48 AM

      eppie curious, any neighborhood okay or do you have a preference?

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      rrems RE: eppie curious Nov 12, 2007 03:00 PM

      Compass would be a great choice. Very comfortable and not overly noisy. Ask for a booth. The food is fabulous and it fits your budget.

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        blanchita121 RE: rrems Nov 13, 2007 02:19 PM

        Compass is the way to go. Very civilized, you actually have space and it's not loud. Great food and service, too.

      2. Spiritchaser RE: eppie curious Nov 12, 2007 03:24 PM


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          idia RE: Spiritchaser Nov 12, 2007 04:34 PM

          My favorite place by far is Vice Versa.

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          eppie curious RE: eppie curious Nov 12, 2007 04:35 PM

          We'd like it best if the total bill was around $150. We were thinking of old-fashioned classics, like shrimp cocktail and steak, but will consider anything seriously yummy. We will be staying on the UWS, but could anywhere in Manhattan would be ok.

          I am curious, (as the monicker states) - What kind of food and where are Compass and Telepan?


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            Spiritchaser RE: eppie curious Nov 12, 2007 05:13 PM

            Telepan is UWS. I would describe the cuisine as New American. Bill Telepan is a big supporter of locally sourced and sustainable foods. Wonderfully fresh stuff.

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              rrems RE: eppie curious Nov 12, 2007 05:30 PM

              Compass is on West 70 St.just west of Amsterdam. The food is new American, with mostly creative dishes and also some more basic classics like steak.

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              guide boy RE: eppie curious Nov 12, 2007 04:46 PM

              On the other side of your request, the civility of the conversation is up to you. What were you thinking of talking about?

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                eppie curious RE: guide boy Nov 12, 2007 04:52 PM

                Interesting that you should ask, but we figure civility is a matter of style rather than content. We just don't want to shout all night. And, I'm pretty deaf in one ear, and hearing aids just can't handle loud restaurants.

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                  samiam123 RE: eppie curious Nov 12, 2007 05:33 PM

                  How about Keens-it isn't very loud and I do believe that you caould walk out for $150.

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                    Spiritchaser RE: samiam123 Nov 12, 2007 05:53 PM

                    A nice taste of old school NY

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                      kobetobiko RE: Spiritchaser Nov 12, 2007 07:03 PM

                      I agree that Keens is a great option and will fit well with your classic steak and shrimp cocktail request. On the other hand, if you want to try something more interesting, I will recommend Degustation. It serves tapas which are great to be shared among 2 people, and the place is small and cozy. You can also watch the chefs cooking right in front of you in the open kitchen. I have never had the experience of feeling too noisy at Degustation. If you do a search on this board you will find plenty of reviews.

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                        Spiritchaser RE: kobetobiko Nov 13, 2007 03:30 AM

                        IMO (and we all know what they say about that) Degustation is not a good choice for what I THINK the OP is looking for. It seems they are looking for a more "traditional" version of dining out for a special occasion.

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                          idia RE: Spiritchaser Nov 13, 2007 05:32 AM

                          Now knowing you are interested in the UWS, Compass seems to fit your needs.

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