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Looking for an unpretentious yet delicious dining experience

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melwic Jun 20, 2009 09:25 AM

My parents are coming to visit me in July, and I'm trying to find some good restaurants to take them to. Nothing too upscale or pretentious, but a place with great atmosphere and excellent food nonetheless. I'm looking for anything in the $15-$20 per entree range, the $20-$25 per entree range and the $25-$30 per entree range. Any advice or favorites would be greatly appreciated!

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    fourunder Jun 20, 2009 09:35 AM

    Pretentious is arguable, but I would suggest Peasant in Nolita.

    http://www.peasantnyc.com/

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      RGR Jun 20, 2009 09:41 AM

      What cuisines to you and your parents prefer? Any avoids? Also, any particularly neighborhood(s)?

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        rrems Jun 20, 2009 10:14 AM

        Here are some of my favorite casual places, covering various cuisines and locations. you can google them and check their websites for menus and prices:

        Perilla
        10 Downing
        Crispo
        Harbour
        Olana
        Locanda Verde
        Convivio
        Scarpetta
        Aldea
        Snack Taverna
        Chow Bar
        Marseille

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          ian9139 Jun 20, 2009 10:47 AM

          Clinton St. Baking Company is famous for their pancakes and brunch. The restaurant is nice but I have heard it is absolutely mobbed for brunch. I was just their for dinner and the pancakes (available on the dinner menu) were amazing, but everything else coming out of the kitchen looked great as well. I think most of the entrees were in the 15-20 range (pancakes were $13, huge portion).

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