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Picky parents coming!

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And 1 little brother (16).

They like Italian, American, steak houses, French etc. And booze. A place w/ a specialty cocktail list would be good.

They dislike Chinese. Have never tried (nor, sadly, have any desire to) Indian, Thai, Japanese, etc.

The spotted pig was a little to weird for them, but they loved Bistro Jules.

$20 an entree. Willing to travel to other boroughs.


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  1. What about Clinton Street Baking Company, Redhead, Penelope, Hearth (might be a little pricey for your needs), Hill Country, Blue Smoke, Otto, or Westville? I think all but Otto or Westville have house cocktail lists. (I usually go for Southern or BBQ for picky eaters.)

    This thread might also help:

    For other boroughs, you'll need to post on the Outer Boroughs board.

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

    210 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014

    Blue Smoke
    116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

    1. I think kathyrn made some great suggestions.
      20 an entree is kinda hard when asian cuisine is out. for italian i think your best bet might be pizza. i like motorino.
      for steak, there is a place in brooklyn called embers that has a t bone steak for 2 for 40 dollars. there are also a few argentian places i like in elmhurst and jackson heights in queens.
      For french the only cheap place I know is L'express, but it's nothing to write home about and pretty loud so I don't know if you want to take your parents there. I usually go there at 2 or 3 am if I'm craving escargot or their lamb burger.

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      1. re: daffyduck

        Plenty of good, easily accessible Italian restaurants have a bunch of entrees under $20, Via Emilia and Le Zie to name just 2.

        For French-Mediterranean I was very pleased with Antibes Bistro (thanks to a CH rec), and the most expensive entree, steak, is $18.


        Le Zie
        172 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011

        Via Emilia
        47 E 21st St, New York, NY 10010

        Antibes Bistro
        112 Suffolk St, New York, NY 10002

      2. There is a lovely southern-Italian restaurant off the beaten track: Vesuvio @ 149 St in Whitestone, easily reachable by a car. It's a small and quiet place that serves terrific food, but nothing too fancy and not very expensive. I am not sure about their cocktail list though. There is a good bakery a few blocks down the street: don't remember the name, but outstanding cheesecakes!

        1. I'd recommend The Redhead (plenty of drinks and "normal" food like fried chicken) or Otto (very win-centric with straight forward pastas and pizzas).

          And you can't go wrong with Les Halles since they like steak houses and french (Les Halles is a little of both)

          Les Halles
          15 John Street, New York, NY 10038

          1. Kefi (greek)
            84 & Columbus
            great food, interestng drinks, loud

            505 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

            1. Sounds JUST LIKE my parents! Here are some spots I've taken them that they've enjoyed:
              Peter Luger's (for lunch...for the burger)
              The Stanton Social (believe it or not)
              Piccolo Angolo
              Al Di La
              Artisanal (cheese, fondue, booze, frites)
              Rare Bar & Grill
              Blue Water Grill (brunch)

              Good luck,

              Stanton Social
              99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

              Piccolo Angolo
              621 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

              Blue Water Grill
              31 Union Sq W Frnt A, New York, NY 10003