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Trying to decide between Apizz, August, Aldea, and Perry Street

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gooseny Oct 13, 2009 08:35 PM

My boyfriend is taking me to dinner for my birthday and we're having a hard time choosing a restaurant. We've already canceled the reservation we had at Allen & Delancey because of some of the recent reviews on the board. Does anyone have a preference for one out of these over the others: Apizz, August, Aldea, Perry Street? We'd like somewhere quiet(ish) but not completely stuffy with great food. I'm sure we can't go wrong with any of these restaurants, but I thought I would try asking you all since I think I'm over thinking this myself. Oh, and he's in graduate school so while he gave me this initial list to choose from, I'm trying to be mindful of the bill as well. Any other suggestions along these lines are welcome too.

Thanks!

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    metfan630 Oct 20, 2009 06:19 AM

    Good overall discussion in this thread. I haven't tried any of these. Just booked Perry St. for Friday night at 7 pm, looking forward to it. Apizz is high on my list to try next :)

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      highsocietyeater Oct 20, 2009 08:55 AM

      i've been to all of them and you made a good choice. perry st is the best out of the list and a great substitute for JG without breaking the bank. you'll get almost the same inventiveness and flavor profiles without the stuffy atmosphere.

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      Lucia Oct 19, 2009 01:04 PM

      Personally, I'd go w/Apizz, but it depends what you're looking for. I'm a big fan of rustic flavors, and I like the small, romantic room. That said, I had a very good dinner at Aldea this summer. Perry Street's food has a little less "heart" than Apizz and Aldea, but the space is more refined and feels fancier. I'd put August at the bottom of the pile--more of a good neighborhood restaurant than a destination.

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        billyeats Oct 14, 2009 05:39 PM

        Although I know nothing about Aldea, the others are all good bets. Great food at all these places. Perry St is much more refined and the decor is more sleek and minimalistic than the others. Both Apizz and August are cozy, rustic, and hearty; Perry St more precious.

        If romantic is important, I would go with Apizz.

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          clembeauchamp Oct 14, 2009 04:47 PM

          Perry Street is imho the best of the lot (possibly excluding Apizz, which I haven't tried.)

          1. Slob Oct 14, 2009 12:46 PM

            Only one I've been to is Apizz, and I thought it was excellent and fits the bill for what you're looking for.

            1. hcbk0702 Oct 14, 2009 12:34 PM

              They're all different, but Perry St is the clear winner for best food IMO. The dinner menu has a couple of good inexpensive options if you'd like to keep the bill relatively low. I haven't tried it, but their fried chicken is supposedly really good. It's a pretty high tech affair as they use a siphon to aerate the batter.

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