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Chelsea Recommendation?

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!

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    1. Giorgio's of Gramercy

      1. 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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        1. re: misnatalie

          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.

        2. Klee Brasserie on 9th Ave @ 22nd
          Maybe on the high end of "moderately price" but excellent food.

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

            1. 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.


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

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

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                  1. re: maculapr

                    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.

                      1. re: LeahBaila

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

                        1. re: Blumie

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

                      2. re: RGR

                        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).

                        1. re: JimJohn

                          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.

                          1. re: Blumie

                            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.

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