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Dec 7, 2008 07:33 PM

Need Advice!

My husband and I are taking out my Italian cousin and her husband for dinner this week. No steakhouses (doing Luger's next week) or Italian restaurants. I'd like to find a place with entrees priced between $20 and $40 if possible. These people eat well but have no pretense. A nice atmosphere conducive to talking is all we need. And of course, good food and good value.

Anywhere in Manhattan is fine.

Am I searching for the impossible?

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  1. there are dozens of options, but it'd help to have a better sense of what kind of food you'd prefer...

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    1. re: Simon

      I'm really open ... I don't want to limit my options by imposing cuisine restrictions or preferences, other than what I've already stated --- (no Italian, no steakhouses). I guess we should probably stay away from restaurants that are heavily French, since my cousins frequently vacation in France. Otherwise, I'm all ears!

      1. re: marls

        With this additional French restriction, my Allegretti suggestion is now out! :-(

        If you and your cousins like Indian cuisine, I highly recommend Devi.

    2. Absolutely not impossible! I would suggest Allegretti. Delicious Contemporary French/Provencal cuisine. Welcoming staff and professional service. Warm, attractive and conversation-friendly ambiance.