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Astor place / Village vicinity for twentysomethings.

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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  1. SEA for Thai
    75 2nd Ave | Btwn 4th & 5th St
    http://seathainyc.com/
    Butter for New America
    415 Lafayette St
    http://www.butterrestaurant.com/#
    (Btwn 4th St & Astor Pl)
    Death & Co. for Tapas
    http://www.deathandcompany.com/
    433 E 6th St | Btwn 1st Ave & Ave A

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    1. re: italianagambino

      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

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

    2. 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.

      http://www.ctrnyc.com/THESMITH/index....

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

      1. 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

          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

        2. 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.

          1. Chinatown Brasserie is nearby and quite good.

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            1. re: DavyTheFatBoy

              You have to mention that it's quite expensive.

            2. OTTO Enoteca Pizzeria
              1 Fifth Ave., at 8th St., NYC 10011
              212-995-9559
              Great wine selection, not sure about cocktails
              http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/...

              1. 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!