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Prettiest Garden Spot?

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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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  1. 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.

    http://stbarts.org/page.asp?ID=188

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

      Barolo
      Bryant Park Grill
      I Trulli
      New Leaf Cafe
      Gascogne
      Paradou
      Lattanzi
      Maria Pia

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        I Coppi in the East VIllage has a lovely garden

          1. re: harrison

            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.

        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          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.

          1. re: RGR

            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.

            www.arkrestaurants.com

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

              1. re: N2NY

                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:

                http://www.zagat.com/Search/Results.a...