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It's Almost Reservation Time for Our April 30th New York Weekend- I Need Help.

By SO and I will be coming once again to NY for 3 nights.

I've been to NY many times and like others plan my holiday around where I'll be eating. Some of my recent past favorites have been Telepan, Perilla, Degustation, and (believe it or not) Stanton Social.
The only place I've decided on for sure is SHO. I'm hoping to book it for the Friday night. It being in the financial district would I assume correctly that a Friday evening would be more 'abuzz' than the rest of the weekend?

Here are the other dinner's I'm considering:
Scarpetta, Locanda Verde, or Apizz...i would likely only do 1 of the 3 (I'm only interested in 1 Italian meal -aside from pizza of course)....does anyone know if any of them have corkage and what the corkage cost is?
Public
The Moderne bar (possibly on the Sunday night for their $0 corkage)
Minetta Tavern
Perry Street

We love all types of foods. Our only constraint would be budgetary....basically SHO would be our 'splurge'. Trying to keep the price to under $180 including a reasonable priced bottle of wine tax & tip.

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Perilla
9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

Minetta Tavern
113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

Stanton Social
99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

Telepan
72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

Perry Street
176 Perry Street, New York, NY 10014

Scarpetta
355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

Locanda Verde
377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

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  1. I've been to SHO on both weekdays and Saturday, and odd as it may seem, Saturday was far busier (we had to wait 15 minutes for our table). I have not been to Apizz but Scarpetta or LV are both great choices. I would also suggest you consider SD26. I've only been to Perry St. for lunch, which is a fantastic deal.

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    Apizz
    217 Eldridge St., New York, NY 10002

    Scarpetta
    355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

    SD26
    19 East 26th Street, New York, NY 10010

    9 Replies
    1. re: rrems

      SD26 sounds very cool (and it's really close to our hotel!)...thanks!....maybe i'll reconsider SHO for the sat. night
      i should also mention that we like interesting, hip, fun places in addition to great food....not that into stuffy & pretentious.

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      SD26
      19 East 26th Street, New York, NY 10010

      1. re: todc1996

        i need more help!!!
        i think i've decided on:
        friday night : SD26
        saturday night: SHO
        sunday night : Moderne Bar Room

        any comments/criticisms?

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        SD26
        19 East 26th Street, New York, NY 10010

        1. re: todc1996

          I think your Saturday and Sunday choices are excellent. (Note: It's The Bar Room at The Modern, no "e" at the end. It's located in The Modern Museum of Art, aka MoMA. There is a restaurant called dbBistro Moderne -- with the "e" at the end.)

          Photos of our dinner at SHO: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

          Photos of our dinner in The Bar Room at The Modern: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

          As for Friday, although the food at SD26 was very good, the extremely loud thumpity-thump music was off-putting to me.

          My choice for Italian would be either Maialino, in the Gramercy Park Hotel, or Scarpetta, on 14th St. & 9th Av. Both have delicious food and a lively, but not uncomfortably loud, vibe.

          Maialino Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...
          http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

          Scarpetta Photos:
          http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...
          http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

          1. re: todc1996

            I think the Bar Room at the Modern will fit in with what you are looking for perfectly and I've never had a bad meal there.

            FYI, the one time I went to Locanda Verde, it was stuffed with tourists. And it was quite pricey for brunch but the baked goods were delicious.

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            Locanda Verde
            377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

            1. re: windycity

              I have no objection to tourists. After all, the money they spend is an important part of the NYC economy. The main reason I've avoided going to Locanda Verde is that I've read it's extremely noisy.

              1. re: RGR

                We were seated in the cafe area which I guess is not prime seating but we preferred it to the main room since we had a window view as well without all the hubbub. I mention the tourist issue because for me it was part of the reason that I disliked the scene and the noise. It's pure personal preference - we tend to go to a lot of hole in the wall joints that tourists would never look at, and which tend to be pretty quiet.

                For example, Baohaus was way too loud for us. I don't know that we'll be back to eat in.

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                BaoHaus
                137 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

                1. re: windycity

                  should i do the SD bar & lounge or the restaurant?
                  don't mind noise & hub....can you order from the regular menu in the lounge?

                  1. re: todc1996

                    IIRC, the lounge at SD26 is noisy and does not have tables with chairs, just banquettes and low tables. The dining room is definitely the way to go. Though it is not quiet, I did not find it so loud as to intrude on conversation.

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                    SD26
                    19 East 26th Street, New York, NY 10010

                    1. re: rrems

                      You're right about the lounge seating at SD26.