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c.r.ashcroft Apr 14, 2008 07:12 PM

I'm game for just about any type of food, but I was looking for something within reason of $. Does anyone have any reccommendations of some palce unique, cool, great, etc? Any and all suggestions are welcome.

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    ginsbera RE: c.r.ashcroft Apr 14, 2008 07:15 PM

    Tia Pol - Spanish Tapas, lively atmosphere, great food and drinks, not that expensive
    Stanton Social - International Small Plates, a little trendy, moderate priced
    Spice Market - Great atmosphere, good good, can be reasonable if you are careful with what you order

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      barlyn RE: c.r.ashcroft Apr 15, 2008 04:36 AM

      megu - but it is pretty pricy or do Gordon Ramsays MAZE - set menu is astonishing value and if you ask when you book you can have a tour of the kitchen too...

      1. misnatalie RE: c.r.ashcroft Apr 15, 2008 06:35 AM

        L'Ecole. The French Culinary Institutes's restaurant. 5 course pre fixe amazing food for $40. You cannot go wrong.

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          flowr646 RE: c.r.ashcroft Apr 15, 2008 06:45 AM

          Del Posto is very nice and, in my opinion, a great value for a fine dining experience

          1. JungMann RE: c.r.ashcroft Apr 15, 2008 06:57 AM

            Depends on your definition of reasonable $$. In my price range, I'm a fan of Alta, Sala 19, Gyu-Kaku, Highline, Tapeo 29, Sea Thai Bistro, Klong --- in general it seems like Thai restaurants offer the best combination of value and vibe.

            1. jakew8 RE: c.r.ashcroft Apr 15, 2008 03:11 PM

              Megu? Del Posto??? Why are you suggesting some of the most expensive restaurants in Manhattan to someone who asked for a place "within reason?" Thinking along those lines, Masa could have been the greatest meal in the history of mankind but at $400 it's not a "great value" in any common construction of that phrase.

              C.R., I second Tia Pol.

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                ginsbera RE: jakew8 Apr 16, 2008 07:53 PM

                Great point. Get it back to the point of this post. Within reason meal people. Not Megu! Yes within reasons varries for all of us, but lets think $15-$25 an entree is within reason for a special night. Not $30+, that's deep pockets....

                I stand by my initial suggestion of Tia Pol

              2. Miss Needle RE: c.r.ashcroft Apr 15, 2008 03:19 PM

                Everybody has a different idea of what reasonable is. For example, I know somebody where reasonable means less than $10 for the entire meal while another friend thinks $30 entrees are reasonable. So I think we can help you a lot more if you're a bit more specific.

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                  roze RE: c.r.ashcroft Apr 15, 2008 08:23 PM

                  I would suggest Degustation. If you order correctly you could get out under $80 with a bottle of wine. The atmosphere can't be beat either.

                  For a cozy place in budget I'd check out Jimmy's no 43.

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                    ginsbera RE: roze Apr 16, 2008 07:41 PM

                    Degustation is wonderful and definitely a place to impress. I have to say though, it can be expensive if you want to actually fill up and not leave hungry. With that said it is my favorite restaurant in the city based on food and overall experience.

                  2. misnatalie RE: c.r.ashcroft Apr 16, 2008 04:26 PM

                    If you want something unique, with a really cool vibe, great desserts and good drinks check out P*ONG.
                    www.p-ong.com
                    tasting menu is $60 something

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                      cimui RE: c.r.ashcroft Apr 16, 2008 05:43 PM

                      I've been impressed with dates who took me to:

                      La Lanterna (great dessert, good live jazz... oh... and grappa! and a real, wood burning fireplace! best of all, inexpensive... I like a man who's fiscally responsible ;)

                      Spiga (sit in the corner, by the window -- it's open when it's warm out -- and order a reasonably priced bottle of wine. hold hands under the table.)

                      Russian Vodka Room (have some smoked fish, throw back some flavored vodkas... esp. horseradish... if you can still kiss afterwards, that's when you know you love each other)

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                        c.r.ashcroft RE: cimui Apr 22, 2008 08:23 AM

                        Thanks for all the wonderful reccomendations. I'ml eaning towards Tia Pol. Are there any other reccomendations for any places that have a unique-ness to them around the $20-30 range?

                        Thanks Again!

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                          Cpalms RE: c.r.ashcroft Apr 22, 2008 08:55 AM

                          Although reservations are a virtual impossibility, Momofuku Ko is sure to impress somewhat reasonably....As a poster mentioned above Degustation is a good bet as well...Another idea would be Allen and Delancy..Tia Pol is good and fun however its usually very crowed and not really a place to make an impression, more of a cool place to hit for a glass of wine and a quick bite...

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                            ginsbera RE: c.r.ashcroft Apr 22, 2008 12:29 PM

                            For 20-30 bucks I stand by Tia Pol, but also offer Yakitori Totto, Alta, Market Table, Little Owl, Calle Ocho (just a fun place), Bar Stuzzinchini, Mia Dona.

                            Ko would be too much and Degustation would be too much (you'd leave hungry for only $20-30 worth of food)

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                              ChefJune RE: c.r.ashcroft Jun 17, 2008 09:29 AM

                              Tartine is a quaint, tiny, VERY French bistro in the West Village that has VERY good food, and definitely fits your $20-30 request. It's a BYO, and sometimes we like to bring 2 bottles... one for while we wait in line, as there are no reservations and it's very popular... and one to go with dinner.

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                              bussy26 RE: cimui Apr 22, 2008 08:51 AM

                              I second the La Lanterna recommendation especially now with the improved weather. The back garden area is romantic and unexpected.

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                                c.r.ashcroft RE: bussy26 Apr 23, 2008 09:54 AM

                                La Lanterna might be the winner.

                                I really appreciate all the feedback from everyone.

                                Thanks SO much!

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                                  jthefoodie RE: c.r.ashcroft Jun 17, 2008 07:32 AM

                                  C.R., did you end up at La Lanterna? How'd it go?

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                                ConOrama RE: cimui Jun 17, 2008 07:52 AM

                                Oh, I love La Lanterna. Very romantic.

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                                  LeahBaila RE: ConOrama Jun 17, 2008 08:23 AM

                                  Agreed!

                                  www.thelunchbelle.com

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                                offthebeatenpath1 RE: c.r.ashcroft Jun 17, 2008 09:10 AM

                                I would suggest Spotted Pig. Great food, cool atmosphere and cozy and not too pricey.

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