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Recommendation Challenge!!!

Manuchao Jul 29, 2008 02:49 PM

Hi all,

Are you up for a recommendation challenge?

I have a friend's birthday coming up on Sunday - we'd like to do an early dinner at 6 pm for 4.

Some criteria:
Anything under 14th street is ideal
Preferably with a volume level where we can talk
Ideally something eccletic but won't break the bank
Perhaps something with seasonal and organic food would be good
I'd love to go to Blue Hill but it's out of our budget right now
It doesn't have to be were all the beautiful people go at all, but something with atmosphere that is fun
And hey, for super bonus points, let's make it have some outdoor seating


Thanks in advance

  1. bml Jul 29, 2008 03:09 PM

    Back 40?
    Mercadito Grove? (although not seasonal/organic)

    1. l
      Lau Jul 29, 2008 03:29 PM

      august - would seem to fit the criteria
      mermaid inn - love the garden in the back
      barbuto - not in love with it, but it probably meets the criteria

      2 Replies
      1. re: Lau
        kobetobiko Jul 29, 2008 07:13 PM

        Hi Lau,

        Do you know who is cooking at August after Chef Tony Liu left?

        1. re: kobetobiko
          Lau Jul 29, 2008 09:00 PM

          i actually don't...i know he left for morandi i think? but it was pretty recently i believe

      2. misnatalie Jul 29, 2008 06:30 PM

        I really like Mermaid Inn.
        I agree with Lau, August, also good choice.

        Some other options maybe Alfama, Elizabeth, Fig & Olive, and Battery Gardens.

        1. malibu Jul 29, 2008 07:02 PM

          I'll just throw it out there because i really like it and seems to fit the criteria... Cafe Mogador is really nice, pretty cheap and ecclectik with a nice atmosphere (don't know about outside garden). It's Moroccan, and really quite good. I've also had a bday there and it was lovely.

          1. r
            RGR Jul 29, 2008 09:22 PM

            I Coppi, on 9th, b/t 1st & A. Nicely-prepared Italian food. Good service. Very pretty back garden. Conversation-friendly noise level.


            1. s
              stephaniec25 Jul 30, 2008 09:10 AM

              Five Points would be a great choice that meets all of your criteria.

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