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favorite restaurant for about $100?

mixedeyes Oct 2, 2008 09:20 AM

I'd like to get my brother a gift certificate for a good meal for his birthday tomorrow. He lives at 37th street and 9th Ave area. I'm pretty clueless about NYC, especially about the restaurants. Please help! I'm willing to spend $75-100 on a gift certificate and desperately need suggestions. French food is out, most others food is game.

Thanks so much and ping me if you need any DC advice!

  1. MMRuth Oct 2, 2008 09:23 AM

    Can you tell us a little more about him - how old(ish!), formal, informal, do you want the certificate to cover a meal for one or more? Thanks!

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    1. re: MMRuth
      mixedeyes Oct 2, 2008 09:28 AM

      oh, yes, silly me! he's turning 34, has been living in Manhattan for 16 years, is pretty open to anything but nothing too fancy-schmancy. he generally takes me to more laid-back but trendy places when i visit, so i guess that's more of his cup of tea. the $75-100 could cover the cost of his meal and maybe some of his partner's (but doesn't have to be all). drinks not a problem - they are both sober. so we're just looking at good food. thanks!

      1. re: mixedeyes
        MMRuth Oct 2, 2008 09:39 AM

        I'm not so up on trendy and laid back, so I hope some other hounds will help. And the search function isn't working for me, but you could try doing a search for trendy, and if something appeals, post back to get more feedback.

        I thought of Socarrat, which has good paella and tapas, but they don't take reservations, which could be a problem.

        259 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

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      theaman Oct 2, 2008 10:07 AM

      There is a restaurant Vento that is very, very reasonably priced and is good Italian. It is in the Meatpacking District which is a fun area. They have good pizza, pasta, apps and is a good scene. I recently went with a friend and had app, entree, dessert and glass of wine and the total bill was a little under $100.

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      1. re: theaman
        jfood Oct 7, 2008 07:26 AM

        Any recommendations at Vento would be appreciated.


      2. amanda3571 Oct 7, 2008 09:40 AM

        Casa Monp would be perfect - gift card link at the bottom left corner.


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