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Dinner near Astor Place tonight - thinking Gyu Kaku or Chinatown Brasserie or ??

metfan630 Jan 13, 2010 06:10 AM

Going to Joe's Pub at 9:30 for some live music, want a place to eat beforehand. Two people, not restricted to Asian food, but we like it. $100ish range with tax/tip. We'll have 1 drink each probably.

Havent been to either of these places, but leaning towards Gyu Kaku. Any other suggestions?


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  1. smokeandapancake RE: metfan630 Jan 13, 2010 06:14 AM

    motorino..the smith ..Five points ...apiary

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      metfan630 RE: smokeandapancake Jan 13, 2010 06:22 AM

      thought about walking to Motorino, but I dont get down to area by 8, and with an expected wait, gonna put off trying that till another day. its on my list though.

      Apiary is a good call...thanks.

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        smokeandapancake RE: metfan630 Jan 13, 2010 06:29 AM

        yeah it seems if you dont get to motorino by 6/6:30 you're screwed.
        There's also the redhead

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      FattyDumplin RE: metfan630 Jan 13, 2010 06:34 AM

      if you haven't been to Gyu Kaku, i'd recommend it. Not cheap, but should be in your range and its a lot of fun since you get to grill your own meat. Some of the cuts, like the pork toro are fantastic.

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        JungMann RE: FattyDumplin Jan 13, 2010 07:39 AM

        Gyu-Kaku has reduced prices earlier in the day and after 9:30, so it can definitely be a cheap meal depending on when you go.

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        Pookipichu RE: metfan630 Jan 13, 2010 09:19 AM

        Chinatown Brasserie - Perfect bites of dim sum for great variety. Their peking duck is superb, crisp lacquered skin completely rendered of fat. Charming atmosphere and just a lovely place to dine. I prefer it to Gyu Kaku most times.

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          metfan630 RE: Pookipichu Jan 13, 2010 09:31 AM

          Thanks for all the posts everyone.

          After debating my original two, as well as the other suggestions, and then running it by my dining partner, we are going to try for Chinatown Brasserie.

          Def want to try Apiary another time. Perhaps on a Monday when they waive the corkage fee and have the $35 3-course meal.

          Have been to the Smith before, I enjoyed it and would recommend.

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            FattyDumplin RE: metfan630 Jan 13, 2010 10:40 AM

            Good choice. i've always enjoyed my meals at CB, although haven't been back in a long time. it's expensive dimsum but far exceeds what you get elsewhere in manhattan.

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              _emilie_ RE: metfan630 Jan 13, 2010 11:46 AM

              Call ahead to make sure they're open -- they are supposed to begin renovations there at some point to move CB to the lower level and open something new up top.

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                metfan630 RE: _emilie_ Jan 13, 2010 11:53 AM

                Thanks for pointer - made a res on opentable for 8:15.

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