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Laid Back Parents Visit

mjh5821 Feb 1, 2008 01:15 PM

I have my parents coming into town in a few weeks, need some help with dinner options.

They like American/New American but are also into Italian and Mediterranean. Big fans of laid back, quiet places. Loud is definitely not an option.

They enjoy Georgio's of Gramercy, loved August, and Pylos.

Looking for something where entrees top out in the high $20s, downtown preferable.

I was thinking of Crispo, but comments on this board make me think it may be too loud.

Thoughts? Any help is appreciated.

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  1. LeahBaila RE: mjh5821 Feb 1, 2008 01:19 PM

    You could try: Perbacco, Periyali, 5 Ninth


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      nycg8tr RE: LeahBaila Feb 1, 2008 03:16 PM

      Periyali is wonderful. I highly recommend the octopus appetizer and the lamb. Great space and huge wine list as well.

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        LeahBaila RE: nycg8tr Feb 2, 2008 07:30 AM

        The octopus was the best I've ever had! Their Greek salad is also wonderful b/c it's not mixed with lettuce...just ripe olives, cucumbers, tomatoes and feta. Great service, too.


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        yumyum palace RE: LeahBaila Feb 2, 2008 05:03 PM

        I agree with Periyali and that the lamb is fabulous.

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        Lucia RE: mjh5821 Feb 1, 2008 01:27 PM

        My parents really liked Crispo but did think it was a little loud. I've also taken them to Giorgio's of Gramercy, so our parents seem to have similar taste! My parents also enjoyed Snack Taverna. Little Owl or, failing that, Market Table would also be good bets.

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          nancyl126 RE: mjh5821 Feb 1, 2008 03:35 PM

          I Coppi, Five Points

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            sam1 RE: nancyl126 Feb 2, 2008 12:19 PM

            five points is a good option...cookshop may be a bit louder but still works with parents.

            da andrea for italian in the west village rules.

            maybe perilla would be good here actually...great great food there.

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            rrems RE: mjh5821 Feb 2, 2008 03:47 PM

            Does it have to be downtown? If not, go to Dovetail. It is absolutely wonderful. Definitely quiet and relaxing, and fabulous food. Otherwise, Perilla, Snack Taverna and Bar Blanc would be my picks. BB may be a bit loud depending on where you are seated. I would ask for as far in the back as possible.

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              mjh5821 RE: rrems Feb 4, 2008 04:56 AM

              Thanks for all the great suggestions! Perilla is a great idea, but didn't have a table available. I'm going to keep my fingers crossed for a cancellation. I also think I'm going to give Crispo a try.

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                bombaybeauty RE: mjh5821 Feb 4, 2008 05:10 AM

                I agree with the others that noise is a factor. I was there recently on a Friday and it was roaring. Fun for a young crowd who have the lungs to shout or perhaps do not require verbal communication, but wouldn't take my parents there... Though there have been some mixed updates here recently, in the uptown category, Telepan might be an option. I'm a big fan of the food (albeit haven't been in a few months), and it's definitely got a more soothing atmosphere for the aged M and P. BB

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                  lisachgo RE: bombaybeauty Feb 4, 2008 01:07 PM

                  Can you tell me how "young" the crowd is at Bar Blanc? I currently have a post asking about Bar Blanc versus Smith's. I have reservations for both and can't decide which to keep. Both are at 10:00pm.

            2. financialdistrictresident RE: mjh5821 Feb 4, 2008 01:40 PM

              Another for Periyali. We just went last month. As already mentioned their grilled octopus is the best. One of our favorite neighborhood places, Duane Park Cafe (American) in TriBeCa is scheduled to reopen later this week. Cornelia Street Cafe (American) is another possibility. I've only been to Crispo once. IMO you need to concerned about noise level at Crispo. Crispo is pretty large - Giorgio's and Pylos are smaller spaces.

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