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Sep 24, 2009 09:42 AM

friend visiting

Need suggestions,have a friend coming in from out of town. Need a place for great food and fun atmosphere, nice decor, crowd in 30-40 range

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  1. Cuisine preferences? Any avoids? Particular neighborhood? And what is your per person budget for food only (drinks, tax & tip additional)?

    1. the age of other diners is more critical to you than cuisine, neighborhood, or price?

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      1. re: thew

        Well, she did say "great food" first. ;)

        1. re: RGR

          cusine either italian or american, price doesn't matter and either does the neighborhood. And the age of the diners doesn't matter butr we would like someplace with kind of a scene and that is fun with great food.

          1. re: candygirl

            Yes, you did! :)

            And with that in mind, I'd recommend Scarpetta. Chef Scott Conant's Italian cuisine is
            seriously delicious. His signature polenta with mushrooms and what is fast becoming another signature, the spaghetti, tomato and basil, are not to be missed! Excellent service, very attractive decor, an upbeat vibe without the noise rising to an insane level, and a mixed ages crowd.


            Convivio is another good option. Chef Michael White's style of Italina cuisine is quite different from Conant's but it is just as delicious. Service is fine though not as strong as at Scarpetta. Again, very attractive ambiance and a vibe best described ty the restaurant's name: convivial!


            We had dinner this past Saturday at the newly-opened SD26 (fka San Domenico), and the food was terrific! There were a few minor service kinks, which is to be expected when a restaurant has only been open for 5 days. But the owners, Tony May and his daughter, Marisa, are on the premises, so I'm sure these problems will be smoothed out. The space has very appealing modern decor. The only downside for me was the music. It's of the loud thump, thump variety which I dtest, but at least it wasn't so hideously loud that we couldn't talk to each other normally. The crowd was mixed ages but tilted more towards the 30's and 40's.

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            1. re: RGR

              thanks, I havew been trying to get a reservation at Scarpetta through Open Table and it seems that they are all booked even through October.

              1. re: candygirl

                I would call them. They have very limited tables available on opentable

                1. re: candygirl

                  Scarpetta has a lot of walk-in tables and if you go before 8, you shouldn't have a long wait for a table. You can sit at the bar while you wait if you have to and eat some of their delicious potato chips!

                  1. re: stephaniec25

                    thanks for the advice, trying Dell'anima with husband tomorrow is it worth it?

                    1. re: candygirl

                      I've not been to Dell'anima but to its sister restaurant L'Artusi. And that was amazing! My friends who have been to both say they are very similar. The pastas and crudos are great! The only complaint is meats tend to be a little heavy on the salt

                  2. re: candygirl

                    Yeah, don't go through OT for Scarpetta; Monday of this week it was sounding so good I called around 4 or 4:30 and was able to get a res for 8:30 that night for two for the front dining room, and then when we got there we were seated in the main dining room.

                    I LOVE that place!

            2. Try Peasant - should be a good fit.