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Mar 10, 2009 09:30 AM

Quiet restaurant with great food

Looking for a restaurant for future in-laws to meet!

1. Quiet, quiet, quiet. One person has hearing problems
2. Around $100 per person including tax and tips (but excluding wine or other beverages)
3. Great food!

Location does not matter at all as long as it's within Manhattan.


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    1. re: LeahBaila

      Haha! For some reason I thought you were recommending a place called "The Lunch Belle"

      Anyway, absolutely no preferences. Basically, the BEST food I can get for $100 per person at a place that is unequivocally quiet. I think that's enough restrictions!

      1. re: zen123

        Here's some of the quieter places I've been:
        Bistro Chat Noir
        Early dinner seating at Bouley (w/ the budget, you will have to order a la carte)
        Tre Dici
        BG at Bergdorf Goodman

        1. re: LeahBaila

          Thanks for the response!

          Is that the best food I can get, though? I'm not particularly fond of the food at Tre Dici, Bellavitae, BG, Bistro Chat Noir...

          August was a bit nosiy when I went there (only once). I will definitely consider Bouley

          1. re: zen123

            I hear you. Those aren't restaurants I frequent, but when I thought off the top of my head, I remember them being on the quiter side. I think your initial post intimidated me...I wanted to think "as quiet as possible."

            Have you been to Apizz? Great food in a less energetic setting.


    2. Take a look at Jarnac or Perilla, see if you can reserve a table where you do not have diners on both sides of you --- like a corner. And of course, the earlier the better ...

      1. Le Grenouille if you go and eat off their pre-theater menu.

          1. re: notsochubbychubette

            Convivio is blastingly loud, or at least it was the two times I ate dinner there.

            1. re: erica

              You are not the only one to find it loud. From the Ny Times review, "If Convivio is indeed still making refinements, it should pay some heed to acoustics. Convivio is much louder than L’Impero was".

            2. You can probably do Cafe Boulud for around that budget. The cuisine is superb, and I would definitely describe the noise level as quiet. In fact, we have been there with someone who has hearing problems, and she found the noise level to be very comfortable. (She wears hearing aids and very noisy places are off limits.)

              Btw, we did the "meet the in-laws" thingy there. There were 8 of us, and we had a round table.