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Please help with restaurant recs! Greenwich/East Village, Chinatown area

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MrsLeah May 17, 2010 03:16 PM

Ok I need help deciding on where to eat during our stay. Heres what I am looking for:
1st Day
Lunch- in Greenwich, inexpensive, outdoor seating (somewhere two best friends can chat) maybe sandwiches and salads
Dinner- traditional Indian food, moderate prices, and serves alcohol, outdoor seating
2nd Day
Dinner- somewhere ethnic and unique, great ambiance, moderate prices
3rd Day
Breakfast- bagel/coffee shop in Soho
Lunch- Chinatown area, looking for a place with lots of character and serves delicious noodle bowls
Dinner- open for anything but still have to stay around moderate prices
4th Day
Brunch- inexpensive with outoor seating
Also would love some recs for neighborhood bars and pubs. We love live music!

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    kathryn RE: MrsLeah May 17, 2010 06:35 PM

    Beware requiring outdoor seating as the weather in NYC is very fickle; it may be blustery or rainy that day. Or just plain COLD! And beware of sudden thunderstorm! Also outdoor seating is typically first come, first served, so if you simply MUST have that outdoor table, you might find yourself waiting an hour while the indoor portion of the restaurant is empty.

    Plus, you write that you want "moderate" prices but that means something different to everyone. $25 per person? $40 per person? Make sure you account for tax, tip, and drinks/wine. Also, where are you coming from? What cuisines do you like? Other than "outdoor seating," do you have any other preferences?

    > Lunch- in Greenwich, inexpensive, outdoor seating (somewhere two best friends can chat) maybe sandwiches and salads

    I'd do Jane on Houston Street for this. They have some outdoor seating but not a lot. For something cheaper, go to Arturo's. Otto is also nearby but doesn't have outdoor seating.

    > Dinner- traditional Indian food, moderate prices, and serves alcohol, outdoor seating
    2nd Day

    Tabla has a patio and a liquor license.

    > Dinner- somewhere ethnic and unique, great ambiance, moderate prices

    Not sure by what you mean by "ethnic and unique"? Rhong Tiam? Degustation?

    > Breakfast- bagel/coffee shop in Soho

    Soho has a TON of great coffee shops. Check out Ground Support, La Colombe, McNally Jackson Cafe, Caffe Falai, Gimme Coffee in Nolita. If it's a breakfast pastry you're after, I'd look at Oro Bakery, Ceci-Cela, Balthazar Bakery, Birdbath or Village Tart.

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    Ceci-Cela
    166 Chambers St, New York, NY 10007

    Caffe Falai
    265 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

    Oro Bakery and Bar
    375 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

    La Colombe
    270 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

    Ground Support
    399 W Broadway, New York, NY 10012

    Village Tart
    86 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012

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      MrsLeah RE: kathryn May 18, 2010 08:08 AM

      Thanks that helps. I understand the outdoor seating thing as I have lived in many fickle weather environments but been watching the report and seems it will hold true. What I mean by moderate is entrees that are not above 18$. We love all types of food and are for anything edible. What I mean by ethnic and unique is somewhere that is very lively that isnt just a meal but also an experience. I love visting NY but have never stayed downtown and I always have the best time in restaurants so eating is very important to us.

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