SoHo dinner for family
My aunt and father are going to be in town this Saturday. We're looking for a place in SoHo, as my aunt will be coming from 180 Varick St, so I want to find a place around there.
She is a cook herself, so I want the food to be amazing. Also want it to be fun, lively but not too noisy and crowded, and not too expensive (around $20 for an entree).
To give you an idea, I was thinking about Hundred Acres, but I just read a terrible review on nymag.com and the menu actually looked a little boring.
Take a look at Shortys 32 on Prince Street, it's small and can feel a bit crowded but I've never had a bad meal there. Hundred Acres is very comfortable but I find the food uneven. I haven't been there for a while, but maybe Ama? Interesting menu and will not be noisy.
I've had a great meal at Shorty's, although haven't been back to confirm my initial impression. Hundred Acres is okay, but I've never been wow'd. I would stay far far away from Ama. There is never anyone in it-- I don't know how they stay in business.
Salt, also on MacDougal, has really great food, but it is a bit above your price-point. Also, there's La Sirene (lasirenenyc.com) which also may be over your price point, but it is BYOB, so you could stay on budget that way.
I'd also take a look at Snack, on Thompson. The food is good, not terrific, but it is really cute and may fit your budget.
Good luck! Hope you have a terrific time.
How about Jean-Claude? I used to frequent and love that place a few years back. I believe it's still supposed to be quite good and I always found the prices very reasonable.
I've never been there, but I always wanted to go to Rauol's. Soemone else might be able to let us know if that fits your bill, might be a tad higher check though.
Thanks so much for all the recs! I think we're going to do Shortys. I'll let you know how it goes!