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Dinner place for parents?

My parents will be visiting this weekend, and I'm looking for a place to take them to dinner on Saturday night. I'd prefer it to be in the West Village, SoHo, Chelsea, or somewhere else downtown, and not too expensive. I'm thinking entrees around the $20 mark, or a prix-fixe for $25-$30.

No restrictions on cuisine, but good Italian is always welcome.

Thanks for any suggestions!

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  1. Roberto Passon (Italian), in Clinton, is an incredibly good value. Restaurants downtown will probably be pricey. In the Village, there's Babbo, terrific place but not cheap.

    Check out www.robertopasson.com and see if you like the menu.

    1. My picks would be Aurora Soho (accepts reservations) or Blue Ribbon Bakery (does not accept reservations for party of 4 or under).

      1. Da Andrea is always a great bet. Fantastic grill calamari, house-made papardelle...good stuff. And really good prices.

        They just moved to their new space on 13th between 5th/16th aves, but I have not been to the location yet.

          1. Agree with malibu on Aurora Soho.Very good food at a reasonable price.If i remember correctly,decor isn't overly plush,brick walls ,wood tables/chairs,but comfortable.Keeping with Italian spots,I like Gonzo(W 13th/6th&7th),Antica Venezia but it's in the far West Village(West St/10th st).Otto(5thAve/8th?).One of my new favorites is Giorgio's of Gramercy(21st/btwn Park Ave and Bdwy).All are reasonably priced for NYC. Otto is mainly small plates and the tab can add up if you're not careful.

            1. What do people think of Giorgione nowadays? I went there several months ago and had a very good experience. Is it totally insane on Saturdays?

              1. Would like to update. Looking for a cozy neighborhood-style (nothing insanely crowded, no destination restaurants), preferably Italian or French. Downtown is still the preference as I'd rather not make the trip to UES/UWS from my apartment in Brooklyn.

                Any suggestions?

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                1. re: aravenel

                  Sounds like Da Andrea -- though I haven't been since they moved to their new location. Anyone been?

                  Le Zie, on 7th Avenue at 20th, is also a good bet. Very good, pretty inexpensive Italian. Ask to sit in the cozier back room. I don't think they take reservations, but I've never had trouble getting a table.

                  1. re: ABT

                    Da Andrea sounds great. Is there usually a wait?

                    Any suggestions for a french bistro spot?

                      1. re: aravenel

                        da andrea is the place my parents love to go to when they're near my place...they just moved to a larger location on 13th...depends on the night but i would guess 15-20 min wait tops during prime time.

                        its a bit more pricey, but perilla is also a favorite for taking my parents...food is fantastic and its hip but not too hip for parents.

                    1. re: aravenel

                      Cacio e Vino, 2nd Av. between 4th and 5th. No booths, but dimly lit (not overly so) and relaxing, with good food. Can be a little loud, especially on weekends.