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Criteria: party of three. Time around 8:30 or 9:00 tonight -- time is not definite because one person is flying in from out of town. Really good food, moderately priced, type of cuisine secondary, except no Asian (we've been doing plenty of that recently). Location: midtown east, murray hill, union sq, nolita, LES. Probably a place we can go without reservations. Would Keen's Pub work? What else? Thanks!!

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  1. a few suggestions:

    LES - supper, le pere pinard, brown cafe, les enfants terribles, WD 50, inoteca

    midtown east- pj clarke's is an institution - great bar/burgers (not really much else going on in midtown east truthfully)

    union square- union square cafe, wildwood barbecue, blue water grill

    murray hill: i trulli

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    1. re: monasapple

      With all due respect, even if you could just walk into Union Square Cafe without a reservation on a Friday night, I wouldn't really call it moderate. Entrees are almost all over $30 as are the special entrees. Not crazy expensive, but not exactly in the same category as PJ Clarke's. Same for I Trulli.

    2. I'm not sure what moderately priced means, but Hearth and Apizz are two good ones in the East Village/Lower East Side.

      1. Mermaid Inn if you like seafood, East Village