HOME > Chowhound > Manhattan >

Quiet restaurant with great food

zen123 Mar 10, 2009 09:30 AM

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.


  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. LeahBaila RE: zen123 Mar 10, 2009 09:44 AM

    What are some preferential cuisines?


    4 Replies
    1. re: LeahBaila
      zen123 RE: LeahBaila Mar 10, 2009 09:47 AM

      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
        LeahBaila RE: zen123 Mar 10, 2009 09:56 AM

        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
          zen123 RE: LeahBaila Mar 10, 2009 09:58 AM

          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
            LeahBaila RE: zen123 Mar 10, 2009 10:02 AM

            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. s
      susan robin RE: zen123 Mar 10, 2009 10:10 AM

      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. k
        KTinNYC RE: zen123 Mar 10, 2009 10:28 AM

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

        1. n
          notsochubbychubette RE: zen123 Mar 10, 2009 10:49 AM


          3 Replies
          1. re: notsochubbychubette
            erica RE: notsochubbychubette Mar 10, 2009 11:54 AM

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

            1. re: erica
              KTinNYC RE: erica Mar 10, 2009 12:01 PM

              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".

              1. re: erica
                notsochubbychubette RE: erica Mar 10, 2009 12:25 PM

                I never had a problem! Interesting.

            2. r
              RGR RE: zen123 Mar 10, 2009 04:01 PM

              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.


              1. c
                cricri7 RE: zen123 Mar 10, 2009 04:07 PM

                I would suggest Picholine. I have been there twice in my last 2 trips because it is that good! I went first in January because I had a 50$ gift car that they had given away and I went back last week on my last trip because of the food AND the service. It is an incredibly classy place where only adults go to eat. This would be the kind of place where in-laws would be impressed! Go look at their menu. You finish with the cheese course, if you love cheese of course!

                1 Reply
                1. re: cricri7
                  RGR RE: cricri7 Mar 10, 2009 04:28 PM

                  Excellent suggestion, cricri7. In addition to outstanding cuisine, the ambiance is most definitely very quiet and civilized. The regular 3-course prix-fixe @$92 + tax & tip would stretch the stated budget. However, they are now offering a recession special -- 3 courses for $58 -- Tues. - Thurs., 5 -10 p.m., and Fri. & Sat., 10 p.m. to closing.


                Show Hidden Posts