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bella716 Sep 3, 2009 08:54 PM

“Picky eater challenge” (dinner for four, 9/19/09)

Friend 1. The birthday girl (guest of honor): doesn’t like sushi, indian or any asian food types – nothing too inventive (simple palate)

Friend 2. Fairly easy to please (bit of a foodie) but would prefer somewhere fairly new and trendy

Friend 3. That’s me – I just want everyone to get along. Would also like a place that has an extensive drink list with fun cocktails.

Friend 4. Don’t know her preferences, but interesting décor doesn’t hurt.

Location: prefer in Manhattan and below 42nd Street

Price range: would prefer average entrees at $15-26

Thanks in advance!

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    sam1 Sep 8, 2009 10:59 AM

    cookshop
    barbuto
    market table

    1. smokeandapancake Sep 8, 2009 10:53 AM

      THE SMITH
      Doesn't get simpler than this.
      (you can order Birthday Cake off their dessert menu)
      Check out the cocktail/dinner menus
      http://www.ctrnyc.com/Menus_pdfs/TheSmith/TheSmith_DrinkMenu.pdf
      http://www.ctrnyc.com/Menus_pdfs/TheS...

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        bella716 Sep 4, 2009 02:30 PM

        UH OH - thought Freeman's would be a shoo-in but is was deemed not "fun" enough for said birthday girl. Think 16 year old cheerleader

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          goodhealthgourmet Sep 4, 2009 05:47 PM

          okay, how about Stanton Social? or Hudson Cafeteria? it's not downtown, but seriously, something's gotta give here. she's really limiting the options with her anti-ethnic palate because most of the places that have the vibe you're looking for serve Asian or Latin food.

          one more thought - LevantEast at Thor? dinner at the restaurant, and then you can have drinks at the lounge - 105 Riv.

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            bella716 Sep 4, 2009 06:30 PM

            Thanks goodhealthgourmet - and Latin is allowed. I think that the idea is a fun scene, interesting people and wacky decor, more than fun food. Hudson cafe might work. Thanks again!

            1. re: bella716
              goodhealthgourmet Sep 4, 2009 07:07 PM

              well then also consider a tapas/small plates spot like Boqueria. and if she's up for Greek/Mediterranean, there's Alta (not "wacky," but definitely high-energy). or you could go with the nautical theme at Lure Fishbar...

        2. LeahBaila Sep 4, 2009 04:59 AM

          The Standard Grill
          Freeman's
          Apiary
          Bar Artisanal
          Marc Forgione

          www.thelunchbelle.com

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            bella716 Sep 4, 2009 06:44 AM

            Thanks LeahBaila - I put in a call to freemans and will wrangle up a six top so I can score a resi

            They are really picky and didn't like the earlier suggestions -thanks anyway, Goodhealthgourmet and fivedanfive; they are just really hard to please appreciate it though

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              bella716 Sep 4, 2009 06:46 AM

              I haven't told them about Freemans yet but I think they will like - thanks again

              1. re: bella716
                LeahBaila Sep 4, 2009 07:03 AM

                I hope so!! Otherwise, Emporio may be a good choice. Good luck and enjoy!

                www.thelunchbelle.com

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              FiveDanFive Sep 3, 2009 09:25 PM

              Schiller's Liquor Bar in Lower East Side might be good.

              1. goodhealthgourmet Sep 3, 2009 09:12 PM

                Italian is probably the safest bet for keeping the guest of honor happy. maybe one of the following would work:
                'inoteca
                Al Di La
                Otto

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                  bella716 Sep 3, 2009 09:43 PM

                  Inoteca looks promising thanks, goodhealthgourmet

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                    bella716 Sep 3, 2009 09:48 PM

                    I like anything with liquor in the name thanks, fivedanfive

                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                      smokeandapancake Sep 8, 2009 10:57 AM

                      I absolutely LOVE the cocktail menu at inoteca

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