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Cozy, Casual Restaurant for Long Overdue Catch-Up?

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I haven't seen my best friend in 3 years, and she will be in New York City-- tomorrow!-- for one night only. I want to take her out to dinner, and I'm looking for a restaurant with perfect atmosphere for catching up after all that time-- quiet enough so we can hear each other; relaxed enough that they will let us linger over drinks and coffee after our dinner is done, and not try to rush us out; and hopefully warm and pretty. Oh, right, the food: Italian or American would be best (she doesn't like seafood). She's staying at the Waldorf (51st and Madison) so Hell's Kitchen or UWS would be nice, but I'd travel to find the perfect place!! Any suggestions?

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  1. Hi. I've never been but Jean George's Nougatine is supposedly really nice. I've walked through it a bunch of times though to go to the Jean George's dining room.

    The more cozy less commercial restaurants tend to be downtown IMO. Blue hill is really cozy and great but you probably wont be able to get a reservation on such short notice. I think that Perilla in the west village (jones street and bleecker) would be good for this event. The head chef is Harold Dieterle, winner of top chef season 1. Another cozy/candle lit (maybe too romantic?) restaurant is Allen and Delancey on the lower east side.

    Enjoy your meal and gathering!

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    Perilla
    9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

    Jean Georges
    1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

    Nougatine
    1 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

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    1. re: mjm1218

      Allen and Delancey has closed.

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      The Delancey
      168 Delancey St, New York, NY 10002

      1. re: kathryn

        oh that's sad. good to know though. not as depressing as chanterelle's closing though.

    2. How much are you looking to spend pp? That will help narrow down the choices.