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So, I'm searching the board and have a couple of ideas around west 3rd, but I'd like to know what you guys think. I'm going to dinner around 7-8. It's kind of last minute so I'm ideally looking for a no reservations place, or somewhere that I'll be able to walk in (not empty though). Looking for somewhere relatively cheap, entrees below 30, no more than $50 pp. Could be any type of food though. I'd really like to try Minetta Tavern, but I'm very realistic about that not happening... although I may try to walk in.

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  1. Otto

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    1. re: gutsofsteel

      Good suggestion, especially since I was thinking about checking Keste out. How do you think they compare?

      1. re: ChiefHDB

        You can't compare them. Keste is a small pizza place with very little else on the menu.

        Otto is a large restaurant, with a bar, and with a big menu and a spectacular, huge wine list.

        Plus the wait to get into Keste will be bad, and it's freezing. You might have to wait at Otto, but it moves, and at least you can wait inside.

        1. re: ChiefHDB

          Otto does many things well, but its pizza is not great in my opinion. But an excellent wine bar/small plates type place that is always super crowded.

          Keste is pizza focused and does the Naples style pizza well, but the soft, puffy, wet pies are not to everyone's taste.

          No. 28 on Carmine also makes good pizza and is easier to get in to.

          1. re: boccalupo

            I like No. 28 also.

            1. re: boccalupo

              You can also dine at the bar at Otto and the bartenders are nice in my experience. (Sounds like you are a party of one?) Order a salad, some pasta, maybe the cheese or meat board, gelato. The pizza is not stupendous.

              1. re: kathryn

                Actually there's two of us, I'm meeting a friend from out of town and want to take him somewhere good. I think I've narrowed it down to Otto (not for pizza), no. 28, cabrito, or blue ribbon. Which place do you think will be the least crowded?

                1. re: ChiefHDB

                  They will all be crowded on a Friday night. Otto is the biggest, and you can wait inside.

        2. Bar Pitti is no reservations and pretty good. Will likely be a wait.

          Carmine St. area has a few interesting places. 10 Downing or Market Table perhaps? Not sure if you can table without reservation there though. Can check Open Table.

          1. Lots to choose from, good eating area:

            Po, Le Gigot, Blue RIbbon Bakery, Cabrito, Market Table, Bellavitae, 'ino...

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            1. re: chow_gal

              Oh yeah, forgot about Blue Ribbon, that's a good pick, but definitely on the higher end of what I feel like spending. Cabrito, Bar Pitti and ino are definitely places I would consider too.

            2. Cuba, 222 Thompson St - Thursday, Friday, & Saturday Nights:Live Salsa music.

              1. I agree Otto is great, if you aren't getting pizza. I think it's all about the pasta and the wine.

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                1. re: Edwin E.

                  And the cheese and the salumi! And the sublime gelato!