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Downtown Manhattan - Dinner for 2 this Saturday

jenhen2 Mar 19, 2009 06:23 PM

I'm hoping you chowers have some ideas for us. We're looking for a place with great food, good service, that is relaxed (don't want to feel rushed), and not crazy expensive (maybe $150 for two with wine). Looking for somewhere between 14th Street and Tribeca if possible. We're open to French, American, Italian, or Latin. Please share your favorites.


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    rrems RE: jenhen2 Mar 19, 2009 07:18 PM

    Bar Blanc
    Snack Taverna

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      LeahBaila RE: rrems Mar 20, 2009 04:39 AM

      Second Perilla


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        jenhen2 RE: LeahBaila Mar 20, 2009 07:11 AM

        Thanks for the recs. We've been to Perilla before and it completely fits the bill. Great idea. Any Tribeca ideas?

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          LeahBaila RE: jenhen2 Mar 20, 2009 07:18 AM

          Hmmm...$150 for 2 with wine may be a bit of a stretch, but you could try:
          Marc Forgione (great atmosphere, wonderful service, good food) www.marcforgione.com


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            bern1 RE: jenhen2 Mar 20, 2009 07:35 AM

            prices are reasonable at David Bouley's secession on Hudson. Dining room is gorgeous and IMO the food was much better than 'upstairs' and they take reservations.

            recently enjoyed my meal at Harrison's too.

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          financialdistrictresident RE: rrems Mar 23, 2009 04:31 PM

          rrems, does Bar Blanc have a new chef? How is it, we still haven't made it there yet. Thanks.

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            rrems RE: financialdistrictresident Mar 23, 2009 06:31 PM

            Yes, there was a chef change last summer. I have not noticed any change in food quality.

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              financialdistrictresident RE: rrems Mar 24, 2009 04:47 AM

              thanks, rrems.

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          westchesterdiner RE: jenhen2 Mar 20, 2009 02:17 PM

          Try Trigo. It's new in Tribeca - delicious Mediterannean food, cool vibe, beautiful decor. Fits in your price point.


          1. financialdistrictresident RE: jenhen2 Mar 23, 2009 04:22 PM

            We've been to Perilla. What a about Rayuela on Allen? LES is not too far from TriBeCa. Very good food and nice atmosphere. We're going again on Thursday. . .In TriBeCa (American) Duane Park is a local, neighborhood favorite with good food.


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              klb3129 RE: jenhen2 Mar 23, 2009 06:01 PM

              Landmarc is always good and they have a low mark-up on wine. Bouley upstairs is excellent, though a touch cramped. Jean Claude in Soho is a great French sleeper. Cash only and only wine but the food is excellent and very well priced.

              1. LeahBaila RE: jenhen2 Mar 24, 2009 05:22 AM

                Jen, where did you end up? Thanks.


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                  jenhen2 RE: LeahBaila Mar 24, 2009 08:06 AM

                  Our plans got a little shuffled around, so we ended up at Centrico for a lower-key version of date night. The food was delicious, though. I had fish tacos that were amazing and my husband had striped bass with chili lime sauce. It was fantastic and fun and perfectly located to put us at the Hideaway in time for the birthday party. On the way to the party, we saw Duane Park and thought we'd try there next time. Thanks all for your suggestions and assistance!!

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