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Dinner for sheltered picky eater in the village?

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aes03 Apr 30, 2009 11:11 AM

My cousin is coming to visit this weekend, and I'd like to take her to dinner to celebrate her birthday (nothing too fancy). She's 20 years old, but comes from a small town and is very sheltered, with almost no exposure to different foods. She's an extremely picky eater. I asked where she usually likes to eat and she said she usually goes to Chili's or Ruby Tuesday. I'm looking for something mid-range to slightly upscale in the village, that would still serve fairly plain American food. Something to spoil her a little but not make her feel too uncomfortable. Any suggestions would be most welcome!!

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    susan robin Apr 30, 2009 01:55 PM

    Village would suit her, it's owned and operated by the former chef from Odeon and very reliable American food. It's got a little more style than Knickerbocker.

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      maxine Apr 30, 2009 11:59 AM

      What about a steak place like Knickerbocker for a real New York feel. You could also try Otto for upscale pizza.

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        aes03 Apr 30, 2009 12:35 PM

        Little Owl might not have enough selection... also, forgot to mention she doesn't eat any seafood at all! But it does look like a place I want to try.

        Steak is a great idea. I love Otto, it's one of my favorites, but I think we may go to John's at some point during the weekend so pizza is probably out.

        Thank you all for the ideas!!

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          LeahBaila Apr 30, 2009 12:56 PM

          Rare Bar & Grill (WV location) would be fun, too. Tons of options and really solid food.

          www.thelunchbelle.com

      2. JungMann Apr 30, 2009 11:46 AM

        Would Little Owl work? It's a bit closer to the Christopher PATH station and rather comfort-food oriented.

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          kathryn Apr 30, 2009 11:20 AM

          Do you think she would enjoy the menu at Blue Ribbon Bakery?
          http://www.blueribbonrestaurants.com/...

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            aes03 Apr 30, 2009 11:26 AM

            I thought about Blue Ribbon, I like the food there, but it might be a bit too intimidating for her, believe it or not. I may send her the menu and ask what she thinks.

            The Smith I'd never heard of, but that menu seems a bit more suited to her. The location isn't great, as we're coming from Jersey City and it's harder to get to that side of the city, but I wouldn't necessarily rule it out.

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              kathryn Apr 30, 2009 12:42 PM

              They have a sister restaurant named Jane that is closer to the West Village.

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            KTinNYC Apr 30, 2009 11:19 AM

            Take her to The Smith. She'll recognize most of the things on the menu, there will be plenty of people her age and the food is reasonably good as well.

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