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informal dinner near the Met

Looking for a good informal place for dinner near the Met tomorrow night... any suggestions.

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  1. The Met as in Opera or Museum?

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      1. re: pkaizer

        Cafe Sabarsky at the Neue Galerie has lovely food and is not formal - not sure if they take reservations for dinner - they don't for lunch. Other suggestions a little bit north - Carnegie Hill - my neighborhood - are Pascalou and Table d'Hote. Again, reservations recommended.

        If you have a price range in mind - let me know - there are more reasonable options further east.

    1. Via Quadronno (73rd / B'way), aside from being perfectly cute in a UES way, has rad panini.

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      1. re: cmballa

        I agree - nice soups too. It's on 73rd between 5th and Madison, though.

      2. i like the cafeteria downstairs!!!!!!!

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        1. re: UES Mayor

          I agree that the food at the cafeteria is surprisingly good, but the atmosphere leaves something to be desired.

          1. re: MMRuth

            1 block away from the Met Museum is the small walk-down Italian restaurant Giovanni Venti Cinque. It is reminiscent of a Verona or Rome hideaway. Charming but not cheap.

            1. re: idia

              Is it informal? I've not been but it looked to me from walking by that people might be relatively dressed up inside.

              1. re: MMRuth

                If you are referring to Giovanni Venti Cinque, we have a tendency to prefer informal places (this does not mean tee shirt and jeans) it simply means casual chic. I certainly don't consider the restaurant "dressy" but then there are always those who prefer to "dress."
                I do not consider it an upscale restaurant.

                1. re: idia

                  Thanks - I was - appreciate the info.

                  1. re: idia

                    By the way - I gather that you like Italian places - have you ever tried Sette Mezzo or Vico?