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Mid-range dinner restaurant recommendation request

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Hi,

I am looking for a dinner place that would cost about $50-60 per person (a little less is fine) w/o tax, tips and drinks. Not totally casual, though doesnt need to be very formal, for a group of 5 people who are in their fifties and do not know each other very well (have met only a couple of times).
A place that would fit the bill is something like Tabla, but I'd rather go to some other places... any suggestions, please? I'd probably pass on japanese places.

Thanks,

S

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  1. Does Perilla satisfy this criteria? I looked at some pictures, and was wondering if it is a little too casual... any other suggestions are fine.

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    Perilla
    9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

    1. I think it sounds like going to dinner needs to be an event in and of itself. I recommend Chef Michael White's (Italian) restaurants a lot. Convivio is fantastic, and since it's tucked away in Tudor City, it's always feels like a destination. With careful menu choosing, you can also go to Marea (also Michael White's)- Marea just won a James Beard award for best new restaurant. For a livelier atmosphere, Chef Andrew Carnellini is rocking it out at Locanda Verde, where it will also be manageable to stay in your price range.

      http://underemployedinnyc.blogspot.com/

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      Convivio
      45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

      Marea
      240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

      Locanda Verde
      377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

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      1. re: UnderemployedInNYC

        Thanks. Some of these should work. I'll check them out.
        We'll probably pass on Tudor city, because people are all going to be traveling there separately, and some of them are from out-of-town.

        1. re: sidd

          You could also check out Chef Michael White's Alto in midtown.

          http://underemployedinnyc.blogspot.com/

          1. re: UnderemployedInNYC

            I like Alto a lot. However, I think most people, including myself, consider it to be upscale, not "mid-range." The 4-course prix fixe is $84, and even if you order a la carte, main courses are in the teens, pastas are in the high $20's, and main courses are in the $30's to $40's. Then, there's dessert and coffee.... Ergo, difficult to do on a budget of $50-$60pp.

            Our most recent dinner at Alto: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

      2. I think Perilla is excellent. You might also consider Cru, SD26 or Allegretti. Locanda Verde has excellent food but can be very noisy, and I've found the service to be rushed. Too bad Convivio is out of the way, but if the prices at Alto or Marea are acceptable, they are great choices.

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        1. re: rrems

          Thank you both. I hadn't realized that it happened to be graduation week that time. So restaurants are particularly busy.
          After calling about 15 places, I have got myself a table at Tabla (just to be safe), and have got on the waitlist at Perilla and Blue Ribbon. I called the Italian places (Locanda Verde and Alto, etc), but they were offering me tables at 5:30 or at 10:30.

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          Perilla
          9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

          1. re: sidd

            Do give Allegretti a call. It is one of our favorite restaurants. The Proven├žal-style cuisine is superb, service is friendly and professional, and the ambiance is lovely.

            Photos of our most recent meal at Allegretti: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

            Note: Just as well about Alto because as I said in my post above, it would not fit your budget.

            1. re: RGR

              I agree that Allegretti is worth a call. I really like it.

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              Allegretti
              46 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010

              1. re: gutsofsteel

                Allegretti really does merit a lot more attention than it gets. It's usually easy to get a prime time reservation even on a Saturday.

                http://www.allegrettinyc.com

                1. re: RGR

                  Thanks. Shall give them a call. One question about Allegretti, though? Are the tables too close to one another? Is it likely to get too loud/ cramped?

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                  Allegretti
                  46 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010

                  1. re: sidd

                    Tables at Allegretti are nicely-spaced, so you won't feel cramped, and the noise level is conversation-friendly.

                    1. re: RGR

                      Thanks a lot!
                      I have been trying to call Allegretti, but the line goes dead / quiet right after i hear the recorded greeting. This has happened at least 10 times, and I am wondering whether there is a trick to it (such as waiting for more than 10 min, etc). I have called at various times from 2 pm to 6 pm.
                      Has anyone else faced this?

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                      Allegretti
                      46 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010

                      1. re: sidd

                        I just called and had the same thing happen, i.e., dead line after the announcement. Usually, someone comes on the line very quickly or even answers immediately without the announcement.

                        I just checked OpenTable. There are no reservations available for this evening. *Very* unusual for a Monday. So, now I'm thinking that since they were open yesterday for Mother's Day and are usually closed on Sundays, perhaps they've decided to close today instead. (I also checked OT for tomorrow, and there are availabilities.)

                        I would suggest you either give them a call tomorrow or make your reservation via OpenTable.

                        Edited to add an update: I just took a look at Grub Street's "Two for Eight." Turns out, Allegretti is fully booked tonight! But it still seems odd that they are not answering the phone.

                        http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2010/05...

                        1. re: RGR

                          RGR, I really appreciate all this input and the special effort that you took for me. Thank you!

                          1. re: sidd

                            sidd, Glad to help! As I said, I'm a huge fan of Allegretti, and I think you'll really enjoy it.

        2. I just went to Telepan (UWS) which has a great prix-fixe deal (4 courses) for $55. I was surprised how good and spring-appropriate the food was. The atmosphere is sedate, and probably fits your bill.

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

          1. Was also going to recommend Telepan's Prix Fixe. On the odd chance you can still get a rezzie for Scarpetta for tonight, they're running a $50 Anniversary menu this week.

            Other things popping into my head: Prune, Schiller's, Double Crown, Falai ("Menu Tradizione" @ $50 PF), JoeDoe, Otto... hmm, I'm sure there are others...

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

            Falai
            68 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

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

            JoeDoe
            45 East 1st Street, New York, NY 10003

            Double Crown
            316 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

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            1. re: sgordon

              In her post above, sidd mentions wanting well-spaced tables. One of the reasons I've never gone to Prune is that tables are sardine tight.

              1. re: sgordon

                Prune is loud and the tables are cramped. I wouldn't feel comfortable sending a group of 5 there unless I knew I could get the downstairs round table. Sometimes even a party of 4 is difficult there.

                Schiller's is loud too and the crowd tends to be much younger than 50, and I've found the food only to be so-so.

                Otto is also loud and crowded at times though I think it depends on where you are. It's a large restaurant.