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Prettiest Garden Spot?

N2NY Apr 23, 2009 07:55 PM

We would like to celebrate our son's high school graduation with a Saturday lunch in a pretty outdoor/garden/terrace location. It's going to be a wide age range (young children to grandma) so the cuisine (not exotic) and location (not too hard to locate) has to be suitable for a range of tastes and not impossible for parking (meaning garages nearby), because relatives will be driving in from the burbs. Maybe $25-30 pp? I'm liking Bottino in Chelsea, so any ideas along those lines would be very welcome. Thanks so much for your suggestions.

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    johnnyappleseed Apr 24, 2009 08:38 AM

    Crispo or Cacio e Pepe?

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    1. re: johnnyappleseed
      N2NY Apr 24, 2009 09:23 AM

      Thanks so much everyone!

      1. re: N2NY
        goodhealthgourmet Apr 30, 2009 02:31 PM

        not sure if you're still trying to make a decision, but there's a new list of top garden spots on the Zagat website:


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      newfoodie Apr 24, 2009 08:16 AM

      We had a lovely dinner in the private patio at Bottino's, highly recommended!

      1. goodhealthgourmet Apr 23, 2009 08:22 PM

        you'll have to double-check prices & capacity, but some places to consider:

        Bryant Park Grill
        I Trulli
        New Leaf Cafe
        Maria Pia

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        1. re: goodhealthgourmet
          CMG920 Apr 24, 2009 06:04 AM

          I Coppi in the East VIllage has a lovely garden

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            harrison Apr 24, 2009 01:47 PM

            2nd I Coppi

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              financialdistrictresident Apr 30, 2009 05:21 PM

              Have you been to I Coppi recently? I have not. Brunch was better then dinner, garden is lovely. Read it was not as good as it used to be and there was a change in chef. I think posts were on this Board. Appreciate thoughts and recent experiences. Would like to return.

          2. re: goodhealthgourmet
            RGR Apr 30, 2009 05:16 PM

            I Trulli does not serve lunch on Saturday. As for Bryant Park Grill, though the setting is lovely, the food leaves a whole lot to be desired.

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              financialdistrictresident Apr 30, 2009 05:29 PM

              I've had decent salads at Bryant Park Grill. I've also had a horrible turkey burger. If you stick with salads you might be okay. Probably not the best food choice for a celebration lunch.


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            uwsgrazer Apr 23, 2009 08:01 PM

            St Bart's has a lovely outdoor cafe. It's been a few years since I last visited but it may suit your needs, though I'm not familiar wtih Bottino to be able to compare.


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