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I've been put in charge of finding a place for four of us for dinner this upcoming Wednesday evening. There will be 2 twenty-somethings and two adults in their 50s. I've searched this board extensively trying to meet their specific qualifications: No Indian food, no sushi, not red meat heavy, no vegan/vegetarian-only places, and not too expensive (>$20/pp, not including alcohol). Preferably we'd like to go somewhere within walking distance of the West 4th street subway stop. The places I've come up with as potentials so far include:

-'ino (but there seems to be a large amount of red meat and not enough white meat choices, but that's to be expected with any Italian place)

-Westville (w. village location)

-Otto

I've never been to any of these, but those are what I've come up with after searching the boards and they seem pretty solid. Are there any places I'm overlooking? Bonus points if they have great desserts! Thanks in advance!!

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  1. You have a gazillion options in the vicinity. 'ino an Otto are both fine for food, though both can be a bit loud. 'ino actually has a number of fish and chicken options, IIRC. I've never been to Westville, so I can't comment.

    If you like Thai, Galanga is very close by. The food is not the most authentic Thai you'll find in town, but ingredients are fresh and high quality and the dishes are well prepared. I see a good mix of older and younger clientele, there.

    A little bit further away on LaGuardia, Rhong Tiam serves more authentic, decently well made Thai with lots of chicken and seafood options. (Fantastic, fantastic roti canai and nice duck buns.)

    Keste should be doable, as well, for the price. It's a more attractive-than-average Neapolitan pizza place on Bleeker. Seating can be tight.

    If you don't want a heavy meal, Las Ramblas on W. 4th could be doable for tapas. It's not inexpensive, but you can get a good variety of plates to share.

    Panca on 7th Ave. serves decent to good Peruvian; La Palapa Rockola on 6th Ave. and W. 4th. serves massive portions of so-so Mexican. (The two things I love at LPR are the "chalupas" and the chayote in cream. Everything else is okay, but not quite mind blowing.) If you order carefully, you'll be able to get out for less than $20 / person.

    Oh -- and since dessert is important to you, La Lanterna on MacDougal and W. 3rd has -- or used to have... I haven't been back in a while -- pretty nice ones, in particular the profiterole. They also have decent wood-oven fired pizzas, though I haven't been very impressed with most of the other menu items I've tried. It has a lovely covered garden in the back and a fireplace on cooler days.

    Etc...

    You can really afford to narrow things down by cuisine, you have so many options. Let us know if you have additional preferences.

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    'ino
    21 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

    Las Ramblas
    170 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

    Westville
    210 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014

    Panca
    92 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014

    Galanga
    149 W 4th St, New York, NY 10012

    La Palapa Rockola
    359 6th Ave, New York, NY 10014

    1. The OP wanted a value-priced meal, with qualifications, with great desserts.

      Go to Fedora restaurant. It was profiled in Eater NY's "Who Goes There?" column:

      http://ny.eater.com/archives/2008/03/...

      The pies, for dessert, are homemade, delicious, and a bargain! The atmosphere is simple, *extremely,* authentically retro. The customers are a hoot! Some have been coming there for 50 years!

      Must-haves: Chopped chicken livers, Manicotti, Pot Roast. Cocktails are standard but very affordable. Wine selection is poor.

      I sing this restaurant's praises often because it's a one-of-a-kind! I'm trying to link but it's not working. Fedora is located at 239 West 4th Street.

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      1. re: shaogo

        I love love love Fedora but I would never bring anyone there for the food. Atmosphere and drinks only. Agreed on wine. Airline bottles, mainly!

        For old NY-style charm, one of my favorites in the neighborhood is Veloce, on West 4th near Sixth Avenue.

        1. re: Up With Olives

          I think you mean Volare.

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          Volare
          147 W 4th St, New York, NY 10012

          1. re: DavyTheFatBoy

            Oof! Absolutely. Volare. I got my V's mixed up.

      2. In addition to all the others already mentioned (I second the rec for Rhong-Tiam) I would add Da Andrea. Amazingly good for the price and the desserts are pretty good too.

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        Da Andrea
        35 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011

        Rhong-Tiam
        541 LaGuardia Pl, New York, NY 10012

        1. I would second La Lanterna for dessert (definitely ask for a table in the back, very pretty) and would also second Da Andrea if you can get in for dinner (the salmon with shrimp cavatelli is AMAZING!). For something very casual, cheap and neighborhoody I'd suggest Dojo. It's on West 4th and has a ton of vegetarian options. Probably a better pick for lunch but if you're in a bind not a bad option! Noho Star is also nice but may be a little out of your price range depending on what you order. Good luck!

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          Da Andrea
          35 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011

          La Lanterna
          129 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

          Noho Star
          330 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

          Dojo
          14 W 4th St, New York, NY 10012

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          1. re: Jacquelyn

            I have to disagree with Dojo. I never liked the place much, but when I did eat there, I got the salad with sprouts in it with the carrot-sesame vinaigrette. I think it's at best a cheap place to go to if you're right there, and as a result, I haven't been there in quite a few years. I never liked Noho Star, either, but I haven't been there for many years, either, and I somehow imagine it could have a higher up side than Dojo, just because of the difference in concepts.

          2. Thank you for all of your suggestions! I'll be sure and report back...we're still deciding which place we'll hit tonight.