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2009 - exploring different neighborhoods. Starting with dinner in Flatiron/Gramercy Park. What's your favorite?

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aeros Jan 4, 2009 06:39 AM

Trendy and old favorites, reasonably priced. Italian, Spanish, American, French, Greek.

Beppe, Gramercy Park Tavern (bar area) and Basta Pasta are old reliables and have stood the test of time. Other recommendations?

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    foodwhisperer Jan 5, 2009 05:16 PM

    Japonais you might find interesting. In any case, avoid BLT Fish, it is really bad

    1. MMRuth Jan 5, 2009 08:52 AM

      Casa Mono if it's not too far south to be considered part of that area.

      1. thew Jan 4, 2009 01:48 PM

        craft

        a little north - artisanal and bon chon chicken

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          RGR Jan 5, 2009 10:18 AM

          Craft is "reasonably-priced"? (Check original post.)

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            thew Jan 5, 2009 10:47 AM

            no, but the poster did also reference gramercy tavern - so.....

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              RGR Jan 5, 2009 11:35 AM

              Yes, *but* with the specific mention of the bar area, aka, The Tavern Room, which is much more reasonably-priced than the main dining room.

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                aeros Jan 5, 2009 04:55 PM

                Love the Tavern Room. And I really enjoy their options for "tastes" of champagne and wine. It makes for great tasting flights.

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          RGR Jan 4, 2009 07:40 AM

          Italian:
          Paul & Jimmy's - An "oldie but goodie." http://www.paulandjimmys.com

          Via Emilia - Excellent homemade pastas. No reservations. Cash only. http://www.viaemilianyc.net

          Spanish:
          Pamplona (slightly north of Flatiron/Gramercy) - I miss his upscale "Urena," but Alex's more casual cuisine still ranks high. http://www.pamplonanyc.com

          French:
          Allegretti - Though a bit more on the expensive side, Chef Alain Allegretti's superb Provencal cuisine is totally worth it! If you can make it there for lunch M-F, he offers a 3-course prix-fixe for $28. http://www.allegrettinyc.com

          Bar Breton - This is Fleur de Sel's Chef/owner Cyril Renaud's new venture. It's only been open two weeks. We've had two very good meals there (lunch and dinner), and prices are just right for the current economic times. The website -- http://www.barbreton.com -- is still under construction. Chef Reynaud is continuing to tweak the menu, but you can see most of the current offerings on menupages.com.

          Greek:
          Kellari's Parea - Our current favorite Greek restaurant. Delicious food, good service, and very pleasing ambiance. http://www.kellari-parea.com

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            aeros Jan 4, 2009 07:45 AM

            As always, thank you RGR. Always wonderful recommendations!

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              RGR Jan 4, 2009 08:13 AM

              Hey, aeros,

              Should I presume you have not been to any of these? If so, I hope you will think they are "wonderful recommendations" *after* you try them! lol

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                aeros Jan 4, 2009 01:45 PM

                RGR,

                You're right to presume such. But previous recommendations (e.g., prix fixe lunch at Fleur de Sel and EMP) have lived up to your reviews:)

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                  RGR Jan 5, 2009 10:23 AM

                  aeros,

                  Aha! Well, it's great to know that Fleur de Sel and EMP lived up to your expectations via my reviews. That tells me we have similar gustatory tastes, so I'm now feeling fairly confident that these others will please you as well.

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