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Aug 18, 2008 10:47 AM

Need Special Occasion Recommendation for Tonight

Its my dad's birthday. There will be four of us all together. He will be coming from Times Square, my sister will be coming from Union Square, my mom will be coming from 90th and Madison, and I'll be coming from Grand Central. No matter where it is, somebody will be taking the subway, so we don't really have a preferred neighborhood.

Sister is pretty much a vegetarian. She might pick at some fish or chicken, but she'd be better off with a vegetarian dish. Dad likes seafood (particularly mussels marinara and paella). He also likes Indian food. Mom prefers veggies and fish to meats, but is flexible and I eat pretty much anything. I don't think we're really limited by anybody except for my sister.

Price wise, probably not the most expensive like EMP or Le Cirque, but maybe something a notch below. For our last special occasion meal we went to Keens Steakhouse, which I think is slightly less expensive than some of the more well known steakhouses.

We're shooting for around 7:15-7:30ish. Looking for something where we will have no wait.


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  1. Like I just recceomed to another chowhounder:
    Socarrat Paella Bar

    259 W 19th St
    (between 7th Ave & 8th Ave)

    3 Replies
    1. re: kcijones001

      The only think I'd worry about is that they don't take reservations. There are one or two (?) tables for four in the front, but a communal table may also be an issue for a special occasion.

      1. re: MMRuth

        hmm, that is true, but definitely worth a little wait, dont you agree?

        1. re: kcijones001

          Well, first I'll admit that I'm not one for waiting more than ten or fifteen minutes, but my larger point was that for a special occasion with parents, where the OP wrote"with no wait", it might not be the best choice. I did enjoy my meal there, however.

    2. If Soccarat doesnt work, try Pipa..Atmosphere is nice. They're attached to ABC Carpet and there are incredible chandeliers hanging everywhere.
      38 E 19th St
      Phone: (347) 706-3343

      1. Upscale indian restaurants in the city include devi, tamarind and tabla
        I had a very delightful dinner at tamarind last week, and one of my dining companions was vegetarian and very happy with his choices. In particularly, we really enjoyed the tikka paneer and the eggplant entree.

        1. Thanks for all the suggestions. I actually didn't have a chance to check back here before I left. We ended up going to Akdeniz which is a Turkish/Mediterranean place in midtown. It was solid and a good value. Two things that were particularly good were the salad and teh baklava (still not as good as my grandma's though).

          I definitely want to try Socarrat. I'll be going to school in the city starting this fall so I should get a chance.