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chadradchad Mar 26, 2008 06:37 PM

My foodie friend is in town and I want to bring him to a new place (opened in the last year) that is not too expensive. We can go anywhere in Manhattan and are looking to pay no more than $40 a person (including tax and tip) Thanks!

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    chadradchad RE: chadradchad Mar 26, 2008 09:08 PM

    this is for tonight! Thursday..thanks

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      LeahBaila RE: chadradchad Mar 27, 2008 06:16 AM

      Help us out by narrowing down a couple of cuisines and parts of town. Thanks!

      www.thelunchbelle.com

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      chadradchad RE: chadradchad Mar 27, 2008 06:58 AM

      East Village, GV, West Village, Chelsea, (anywhere below Midtown)

      Thanks!

      I was thinking: Alta, Tia Pol, Merkato 55, elettaria.

      Any of these worth going?

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        Feaster18 RE: chadradchad Mar 27, 2008 07:21 AM

        Alta is fabulous! Great sangria too!

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          Stuffed Monkey RE: Feaster18 Mar 27, 2008 07:46 AM

          Alta is fabulous, but actually not new, as it been there for a number of years. Go anyway.

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          JungMann RE: chadradchad Mar 27, 2008 08:43 AM

          Alta would be a fantastic choice (though it is not new). I've had great dinners with wine for $35pp there.

          If you're looking for something new, check out Zarza and Momofuku Ssam Bar.

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            chadradchad RE: JungMann Mar 27, 2008 10:30 AM

            Thanks! I have tentative res at Zarza. Is Alta usually crowded?

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              JungMann RE: chadradchad Mar 27, 2008 10:38 AM

              Alta does tend to be crowded so I would make reservations if you were thinking about going there.

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                chadradchad RE: JungMann Mar 27, 2008 10:51 AM

                I suggested La Zarza and he struck it down..sounding not too excited. ..alta only has 630 and he has been momofuku! What next?

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                  JungMann RE: chadradchad Mar 27, 2008 11:33 AM

                  What did he not like about La Zarza? Too much meat? Too heavy? If he wants to go lighter, try Kuma Inn, BarFry, Chinatown Brasserie, Kampuchea, Suba or Tia Pol.

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            Lucia RE: chadradchad Mar 27, 2008 11:19 AM

            Tia Pol is great. Have had a good cheese plate at Alta. Haven't been to the others.

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              chadradchad RE: Lucia Mar 27, 2008 11:42 AM

              yah..the tapas went out the window (one doesn't eat meat, only fish).. any thoughts on resto, or market table? both are full..but for walk-ins. sorry for being difficult!

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                JungMann RE: chadradchad Mar 27, 2008 11:48 AM

                Market Table would be great, but I don't think you're going to get a seat as a walk-in, though BarFry might work for the group. If you're open to Belgian, try Markt.

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                  Lucia RE: chadradchad Mar 27, 2008 11:57 AM

                  Market Table is good if you can get in. I've only been to Resto once and didn't like it.

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                    chadradchad RE: Lucia Mar 27, 2008 12:01 PM

                    Tried Market Table, nothing until 10 PM. I have to impress him. what to do? he is into market food...

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                      JungMann RE: chadradchad Mar 27, 2008 12:06 PM

                      Five Points, Cookshop, Belcourt

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                        chadradchad RE: JungMann Mar 27, 2008 12:08 PM

                        Whoa Jungman you are a wealth of knowledge!

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                          JungMann RE: chadradchad Mar 27, 2008 12:20 PM

                          Glad to be helpful. I've got picky friends so I know your frustration! Let us know where you end up and how it goes.

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                        Lucia RE: chadradchad Mar 27, 2008 12:26 PM

                        Not all market food, but in the W Vill, I like Lupa, Po, August, Snack Taverna. Also, 'ino is great for something more intimate/casual.

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                          chadradchad RE: Lucia Mar 27, 2008 03:31 PM

                          Thanks!

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                            chadradchad RE: chadradchad Mar 28, 2008 03:23 PM

                            We ended up going to Po, it was FANTASTIC. Thanks y'all.

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