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We are entertaining 2 other couples next weekend and are looking for a moderately priced restaurant with really good food that is reasonably quiet. Any suggestions?

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  1. What do you consider moderately priced? What type of food?

    1. Not sure how quiet it is but Vento in the Meatpacking District is a good option because it is so resonably priced. They have good pizza and pastas and a good wine list. I just recently went to Scarpetta, which was excellent, but it is definitely not moderately priced. It is on the higher end.

      1. Otto (took my parents here because my dad has noise issues)
        Moustache (very good Middleeastern and very reasonable, cash only though)

        These aren't as quiet, but I wouldn't say they're loud:
        Fig & Olive in Meatpacking
        Spotted Pig (since you're entertaining guests this is very "NY" as well)

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        1. re: candyapple13

          I went to Otto the other night and thought it was almost unbearably loud. I could barely hear my friend. But the food and wine was excellent.

          1. re: erin214

            Maybe I was just lucky with where I got sat -- it is a pretty big space. It was fine for us but you never know.

        2. Malatesta. Cheap. Cute. Decent wine. Great food. Great location near the river.

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          Malatesta
          649 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

          1. Unfortunately, quiet can be hard to comeby in the city. La lucheonette, might be a good option 10th avenue, around 17th/18th street. It's a cute homey french place, moderately priced, good food, i really enjoyed the lamb chops, seared fois gras, and delicate salads there, the sides leave a bit to be desired - but it's a great place to catch up with friends, as it's fairly quiet and moderately priced.

            http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/...