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chezfredo Jun 13, 2008 07:06 AM

Recommendation needed for Saturday Night, pre-concert (Metropolitan Room 22nd/5th & 6th) Anniversary Dinner in Chelsea. Moderately priced, pleasant (casual) atmosphere, all cuisines considered. Thanks!

  1. LeahBaila Jun 13, 2008 07:09 AM

    Markt, 21st and 6th

    www.thelunchbelle.com

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      Lucia Jun 13, 2008 11:03 AM

      Giorgio's of Gramercy

      1. misnatalie Jun 13, 2008 12:08 PM

        Hill County on 26th if you like bbq. I went to Leahbaila's suggestion Markt, for dinner once and to be honest really didn't like it.

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          Blumie Jun 14, 2008 03:53 PM

          I'm a big fan of Markt. Lobster in a pan and steamed sole are two of my favorite dishes. They also have a very good burger.

          Another option not yet mentioned is Le Zie. A little further afield, La Lunchonette is a great place for a moderately priced romantic (not at all on the outside, but romantic on the inside) dinner.

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          avp10003 Jun 13, 2008 12:11 PM

          Klee Brasserie on 9th Ave @ 22nd
          Maybe on the high end of "moderately price" but excellent food.
          http://www.kleebrasserie.com/flash.html

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            clembeauchamp Jun 14, 2008 03:02 PM

            Grand Sichuan on 24th and 9th if you like Chinese. Klee is pretty good too.

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              RGR Jun 14, 2008 09:12 PM

              Gascogne, the small, charming French bistro, on 8th, b/t 17th & 18th, serves delicious food. Weather permitting, you can sit in the romantic garden, one of the loveliest in Manhattan.

              http://www.gascognenyc.com

              1. fat parish Jun 15, 2008 04:35 PM

                Le Zie. Skip Mark't. Ick. Hill Country is great too.

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                  maculapr Jun 15, 2008 04:44 PM

                  Cookshop. Excellent food, informal, great menu, gentle prices.

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                    RGR Jun 15, 2008 06:50 PM

                    I have to disagree about Cookshop. Our one experience there was very disappointing. The food was just o.k., service was of the "let's-just-get-this-done" variety, seating was cramped, and the noise level was unpleasantly high. Definitely not the kind of place I would choose for a special occasion (anniversary) dinner.

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                      LeahBaila Jun 16, 2008 08:27 AM

                      Agreed.

                      www.thelunchbelle.com

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                        Blumie Jun 17, 2008 09:49 AM

                        I also have not had the best dinner experiences at cookshop, but I really enjoy their sunday brunch.

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                          Lucia Jun 17, 2008 11:20 AM

                          Agree w/you Blumie--very good brunch, so-so dinner.

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                        JimJohn Jun 17, 2008 12:35 PM

                        Wow, I've not known anyone who didn't like Cookshop. I've always had excellent service and found the food to be uniformly excellent. The noise level is a bit high, but if you ask to be seated in the back, it's a bit better. I love the seasonal menu and the "minimalist" cuisine (just a few ingredients, lovingly prepared, ala Craft).

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                          Blumie Jun 17, 2008 12:49 PM

                          On my last dinner-time visit I was seated in the back and it was incredibly noisy. Also, while the waiter truly was trying his best, it appeared that his entire section had been seated at once, so he was overwhelmed. And the food was not extraordinary. I would (and will) go back, but it didn't live up to the hype for me.

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                            RGR Jun 17, 2008 01:09 PM

                            I agree with Blumie.

                            It wasn't that the food was bad. It just didn't live up to the hype for me.

                            I also expected more cordial service, but our server didn't exhibit even a hint of it, i.e., a very abrupt attitude, not even a smile, which put me off.

                            As for the noise, nobody has ever mentioned it being a problem, so I was totally surprised by how high it was. Though not so high that we had to shout to each other to be heard, it was still high enough to be uncomfortable -- again, for me.

                            If I can figure out when they aren't so busy (if that's ever the case) so that at least the noise might not be an issue, I would be willing to try it again. But I'm not rushing.

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                      daveistrad Jun 17, 2008 01:15 PM

                      I'm gonna second Klee Brasserie. Just went there last week and it's fabulous.

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