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Reasonable & Delicious Dinner East 20's near Madison????

mirandabrooklyn Mar 5, 2010 08:34 AM

We are looking to have a business dinner next week for a group of six people. A Voce is too expensive...sadly. If anyone can think of something great in the east 20's. We are open to all cuisine: BBQ to Vegetarian - Italian - Indian...etc. We would like to spend around $30 PP or so.

Anything new to check out?


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    that_guy Mar 5, 2010 12:11 PM

    would not do Bar Breton..expensive and no food
    Copper Chimney is a nice Indian on 27th

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    1. re: that_guy
      uwsister Mar 5, 2010 12:23 PM

      What do you mean by "no food"?

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      babbabooey Mar 5, 2010 12:01 PM

      petite abeille

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        travpard Mar 5, 2010 11:59 AM

        Shack Shack, 23rd & Madison

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          fatema Mar 5, 2010 11:52 AM

          How about 'inoteca on 24th and 3rd?

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            babbabooey Mar 5, 2010 11:40 AM

            always happy at les halles.

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              boccalupo Mar 5, 2010 10:28 AM

              How about Vatan?

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                RGR Mar 5, 2010 08:54 AM

                Does that approx. $30pp just for food, or does it include drinks, tax (9%), and tip (20%)?
                Presuming it's just for food...

                Bar Breton is on 5th, b/t 28th & 29th. Chef Cyril Renaud's food is delicious, service is efficient, the decor is attractive, and the overall ambiance is very pleasant. Depending on what you order, you could make that budget.

                Photos of a meal we had there can be viewed here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391@N03/sets/72157616100137962/



                Bhatti Indian Grill, on the corner of Lex & 27th, has been open about 6 months. The food we had at our one meal there was delicious. The small space has attractive decor, and prices fit your budget. They did not have a liquor license when we were there in October.

                Photos of our meal at Bhatti can be viewed here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

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                1. re: RGR
                  Peter Cherches Mar 5, 2010 09:16 AM

                  I second Bar Breton, and would add Dhaba for Indian.

                  RGR, I'm unfamiliar with Bhatti...what's their profile? I can't access flickr at work.


                  1. re: Peter Cherches
                    LeahBaila Mar 5, 2010 09:33 AM

                    Second rec for Dhaba. Also adding: Les Halles


                    1. re: Peter Cherches
                      RGR Mar 5, 2010 10:21 AM


                      We've been to Dhaba and while the food is very good there, I think Bhatti's is more delicious. If, by profile, you mean which area of India the food represents, acc. to their website, it's Northern. (My knowledge of which Indian foods are from which areas is next to non-existent.)

                      Photos from our meal at Dhaba: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...


                      I have to disagree with you about Les Halles. I think the food is mediocre at best., service is poor, seating is sardine tight, and the noise level is uncomfortably high.

                      1. re: Peter Cherches
                        bkfan16 Mar 5, 2010 11:37 AM

                        Love Dhaba

                      2. re: RGR
                        sugartoof Mar 6, 2010 11:24 AM

                        Did you try any meat entrees at Bhatti ? Looks like you have 2 vege dishes and some bread but maybe that's just the photos.

                        I've been intrigued by the place, but they own the Katti roll shop directly across the street, which I find to be seriously mediocre.

                        Dhaba seems to be the best in the area right now. Some dishes suffer from overcooking, and drying out, during their lunch buffets, otherwise it's really excellent.

                        1. re: sugartoof
                          RGR Mar 6, 2010 11:57 AM

                          If you had looked more carefully, you would have seen that there was only one vegetable dish, the appetizer. The other was a main course, Chicken Tikka Masala.

                          I've never tried their katti roll shop. The food we had at Bhatti was far above mediocre.

                          As I said, I think Dhaba's food is good but, imo, Bhatti's is better. Of course, we've only been to each of them once. I would have to try them both again to see if (1) the quality of both holds up, and (2) if i still think Bhatti is the better of the two.

                        2. re: RGR
                          admaneats Mar 28, 2010 09:13 PM

                          Hill Country on E. 26th

                          Hill Country
                          30 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010

                          1. re: RGR
                            bigjeff Mar 29, 2010 04:49 AM

                            for all the people who like Dhaba, give Bhojan a whirl (same people, their newest restaurant, now about 3 weeks old). I like bhojan better and its a beautiful room with great service.

                            102 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

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