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triggs73 Feb 19, 2009 09:06 AM

I'm taking a class at Murray's on Bleeker this weekend and was want to know the who, what and where's of places to go and eat/relax in between classes. Any help would be appreciated. Everything would have to be within walking distance. I just looked on google at the street level view and there looks to be plenty, but would anybody recommend any one place over another?

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    Cpalms Feb 19, 2009 09:54 AM

    Pearl Oyster Bar, Intoteca, Perilla, Mercatido Grove, Centro Vinoteca, Little Owl, and sandwich at Fiacco's, John's Pizza foor decent touristy pizza to name a few....lots of good places in that 'hood

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      now_me_hungry Feb 19, 2009 10:22 AM

      second Perilla!

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        triggs73 Feb 19, 2009 11:02 AM

        I'm from New Haven, CT so touristy pizza doesn't sound to intriguing for me, but I noticed Fiacco's and that sounded interesting. I also noticed a "trattoria" next door, is that something of interest?

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          Cpalms Feb 19, 2009 12:06 PM

          definately skip John's if you are from NH.....Fiacco's is great but its just a deli so there there is nowhere to sit, if the weather is decent you could eat somewhere outside I guess....Take a look at Inoteca, if it is not busy it is a great place to have a few snacks and a glass of wine (do a search for specific reco's)...I dont know which trattoria you reference but Po is right there and is pretty good....love Pearl Oyster Bar to...oh and market table is right in that hood to...

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            Cpalms Feb 19, 2009 12:11 PM

            check Intoteca (that is the sister restaurant)....look at 'Ino ...

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              MMRuth Feb 19, 2009 01:32 PM

              Pearl Oyster Bar won't be open for lunch, unfortunately. The OP may enjoy just browsing the local food shops - here's the link to the list I made a while back. A lot of them are along Bleecker itself:

              http://www.chow.com/lists/edit/33

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          kobetobiko Feb 19, 2009 12:58 PM

          When you said "in between classes", do you know how much time you have in between classes and what time? I asked between if you only have limited time then some places will not work for you. If it is early, then restaurants like Perilla which only opens for dinner will not work either.

          Are you looking for snacks or like a full meal?

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            MMRuth Feb 19, 2009 01:32 PM

            Perilla serves brunch on the weekends I believe, though I've not been - I just noticed the menu.

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              triggs73 Feb 20, 2009 05:14 AM

              I have a 2 hour lunch break.

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                vvvindaloo Feb 20, 2009 05:49 AM

                In that case, you have some time for a sit-down lunch. For Italian, I recommend 'ino (Bedford just west of sixth avenue)- have a nice glass of wine with some crostini or a panino. For Mexican, Mercadito Grove (seventh ave. north of Bleecker) is very good-try the tacos. I also like Galanga Thai (west 4th, east side of sixth ave), especially their drunken noodles. I recommend that you aim to be in and out of these places within an hour or so, so that you have some time to explore the other specialty food shops in the area- Faicco pork store is good for pasta and imported Italian foods; Ottomanelli (Bleecker near seventh ave) and Florence (Jones Street) butchers are among the best in the city. Amy's bread (next to Murray's) has very good layer cake by the slice, as well as breads; Patisserie Claude (West 4th, east of seventh ave) has excellent French pastry. Grom gelato (Bleecker & Carmine) is fantastic.
                Other places to consider: Bar Pitti (Italian on sixth ave. north of Houston); Perilla (American weekend brunch on Jones St.).
                Should you run out of time and need something really fast, Murray's has good sandwich options, and Five Guys Burger (seventh ave, west side of Bleecker) is surprisingly tasty. Or get a couple of slices from Joe's Pizza on Carmine. They are still the best example of the NY slice, IMO. Have fun!

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              Stuffed Monkey Feb 20, 2009 05:44 AM

              For something sweet, or a savory snack, with a glass of wine, check out Sweet Revenge around the corner on Carmine.
              Also in the area Blue Ribbon Bakery.

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                pslopian Feb 20, 2009 06:01 AM

                I like Blue Ribbon Bakery, which is pretty close to there, delicious brunch and small plates throughout the day

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                  triggs73 Feb 20, 2009 07:28 AM

                  THANK YOU ALL!!! for the great rec's...I'll report back on Monday.

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                    triggs73 Feb 20, 2009 07:42 AM

                    Any Spanish style tapas bars?

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                      MMRuth Feb 20, 2009 01:30 PM

                      You could walk over to Despana in Soho - on Broome Street (the address is on that list I linked to). They have a small tapas bar in the back - wonderful though expensive tapas.

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                      triggs73 Feb 23, 2009 07:25 AM

                      Big thanks to everyone again for their recs. Unforetunately..after consuming 3 pounds of cheese over the weekend, I really had no room for a meal. I did walk around and check out quite a few of the restaurants which will get me to go back and try them out on an empty stomach.

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