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Chowhounds: “Picky eater challenge” - thanks in advance!

“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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  1. 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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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      Inoteca looks promising thanks, goodhealthgourmet

      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        I like anything with liquor in the name thanks, fivedanfive

        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          I absolutely LOVE the cocktail menu at inoteca

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

          1. The Standard Grill
            Freeman's
            Apiary
            Bar Artisanal
            Marc Forgione

            www.thelunchbelle.com

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            1. re: LeahBaila

              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

              1. re: LeahBaila

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

                1. re: bella716

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

                  www.thelunchbelle.com

              2. 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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                1. re: bella716

                  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.

                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                    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

                      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. 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/TheS...
                  http://www.ctrnyc.com/Menus_pdfs/TheS...