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Astor place / Village vicinity for twentysomethings.

luvnewyork Jan 27, 2009 04:34 AM

Friends are coming in from out of town to attend Blue Man Group, on Lafayette Street (near 8th Street, Astor place). They would like a meal, at around 3pm on a Saturday afternoon.
They don't come to New York much, so it would be great if anyone can recommend a fun restaurant (probably will have a drink or two) yet with good food, moderately priced. It doesn't have to be too sophisticated, yet should have a nice cheery ambiance They are a group of 4 in their 20's with a set of parents.
Walking distance to Blue Man is preferable, since their time is limited, and the Village would be a good choice anyway. I just don't have a clue where to send them. I am not sure what cuisine they like. It is probably safest to recommend places that are not overly exotic, yet all recommendations will be appreciated. Thank you!!!

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    italianagambino Jan 27, 2009 05:10 AM

    SEA for Thai
    75 2nd Ave | Btwn 4th & 5th St
    Butter for New America
    415 Lafayette St
    (Btwn 4th St & Astor Pl)
    Death & Co. for Tapas
    433 E 6th St | Btwn 1st Ave & Ave A

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    1. re: italianagambino
      kathryn Jan 27, 2009 07:29 AM

      Are all of those open at 3pm on a Saturday? I know that Death Co. doesn't open until the evening, like 6pm or so.

      1. re: kathryn
        kathryn Jan 27, 2009 06:13 PM

        BTW Butter's hours of operation:
        Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:30pm

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      silencespeak Jan 27, 2009 05:28 AM

      The Smith would work perfect. It's 5-6 blocks away, and has a vibe that works with young 20s and a couple of adults. Lunch has sandwiches, salads, etc.


      The Smith
      55 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

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        Pan Jan 27, 2009 02:30 PM

        I'm not sure if Ippudo, the ramen place on 4th between 9th and 10th, would be open. I'm pretty sure Mogador would be, and in the mid-afternoon, there shouldn't be a line. Mogador is further away, on St. Marks between 1st and A, but a really pleasant place.

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        1. re: Pan
          kathryn Jan 27, 2009 06:16 PM

          Ippudo would definitely be open, but I see people waiting outside for weekend lunch all the time, so I don't know if they would have closed the list by 3pm-ish. They close mid-afternoon on Saturdays.

          Fri to Sat
          11:00am to 3:30pm
          5:00pm to 12:30am

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          RCC Jan 27, 2009 03:42 PM

          Hard to tell the level of "not overly exotic" that your friends would tolerate, but I had lunch at Momofufu Ssam (2nd Ave and 13th) last week at 3 pm and enjoyed pretty much everything that I ordered. They had a very good $29 3-course prix fixe which I would bypass the next time around in favor of ordering a la carte (it'll come out cheaper as I don't need to order the same amount of large portion dishes as in the prix fixe), as well as getting my dessert, instead, from their adjacent bakery.

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            DavyTheFatBoy Jan 27, 2009 05:59 PM

            Chinatown Brasserie is nearby and quite good.

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            1. re: DavyTheFatBoy
              Pan Jan 27, 2009 06:33 PM

              You have to mention that it's quite expensive.

            2. Rmis32 Jan 27, 2009 07:51 PM

              OTTO Enoteca Pizzeria
              1 Fifth Ave., at 8th St., NYC 10011
              Great wine selection, not sure about cocktails

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                luvnewyork Jan 28, 2009 04:55 AM

                Thanks, everyone! Many appealing suggestions here. To give my friends more of a geographical choice, can you recommend places within a 10 or 15 min walk west of Broadway? (like Otto) Most of these have been East Village, which will probably be fine, but if their itinerary brings them from the West Village, a few options coming from that direction would be welcome.
                Again- thanks to you all. Your suggestions have given me (a native New Yorker) some intriguing ideas to get me unstuck from my UWS location, as well!

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