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NYC FOODIE AT A LOSS...

I vowed never to post a "where should i eat?" question here but I am stuck. My parents are coming from PA for a visit. Tonight on the phone my dad requested a place that is not too noisy, that the table is not too small, that won't mind if we want to linger, and that is within 5 to 10 blocks of the corner of Canal and Varick Street.

I have lived here for over 10 years, I work in the neighborhood and I eat out very often. Still, I am at a complete loss for a Soho-ish spot that fits the bill.

He said he'd be happy to go somewhere expensive if it fits into the criteria above but that means a maximum or $30 for an entree. Nothing too (his words, not mine) adventurously "ethnic". That means mexican, italian, spanish, german, french are ok but probably not indian, thai, japanese, moroccan, etc.

We're not trying to just go to a deli for a sandwich. A real sit down meal with at the very least wine and beer, preferrably full bar. Anyone have any suggestions?

I thought maybe Cupping Room, Mercer Kitchen, Numero 28 PIzza Romana, or Jardin Bistro. If you think I am wrong on any of these, I'd like to know that, too.

Many thanks!

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Mercer Kitchen
99 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012

Cupping Room Cafe
359 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Numero 28
196 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

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  1. next time go to Capsouto Freres. the restaurant has great food, great service, and the owners are gracious, warm, and sincere.

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    Capsouto Freres
    451 Washington St, New York, NY 10013

    1. Blue Ribbon Brasserie; Raoul's

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      Blue Ribbon Brasserie
      97 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

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      1. re: chow_gal

        Love Blue Ribbon Brasserie but it's pretty noisy and crowded in there, and they definitely would mind if you linger since they're usually a bunch of parties waiting to be seated.

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        Blue Ribbon Brasserie
        97 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

      2. Kenmare? Had a great meal there; might be a bit further than what you want, though.

        Locanda Verde? Feel like that might be too loud, depending on the night.

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        Locanda Verde
        377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

        1. I've never eaten in Greenwich Grill (only in the sushi restaurant in the basement, Sushi Azabu). It's Italian food with a Japanese touch. But each time I've walked in, it's been pretty quiet and feels rather spacious for Manhattan.

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          Greenwich Grill
          428 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10013

          Sushi Azabu
          428 Greenwich St (basement), New York, NY 10013

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          1. re: kathryn

            Second Greenwich Grill, except it might be a tad fusiony for muppetdiner's dad since it's a more expensive version of Basta Pasta (Japanese style pasta and Italian food).

          2. I stopped going to Jardin Bistro several years ago because of how uncomfortably squashed together the tables were. I don't remember whether they were small or not, but we definitely didn't want to linger.