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Quiet place for Grandparents?

Hi All!
I'm meeting my girlfriends Grandparents tomorrow (Wendesday) and I need to find someplace good but also quiet. Her Grandma is hard of hearing. But on the other hand they are both VERY cool/hip people and they love good restaurants and good food. Plus I'm in the business myself so I guess theres a certain expectation that I will pick a good place. But every place I can think of gets pretty loud.... any ideas? Oh as far as neighborhood- really not that important. They are staying in Lincoln Center but they can travel well, and my girlfriend and I both work in the East 20's. Plus I'm more of a downtown type of guy, but it really isn't that important as far as location.

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  1. Ouest, Apizz, Five Points, Keens

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    Apizz
    217 Eldridge St., New York, NY 10002

    Five Points
    31 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012

    Ouest
    2315 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

    1. Close to Lincoln Center: Jean Georges is quiet.

      Jean Georges photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

      Further downtown...

      EMP isn't very loud.

      EMP photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

      Tocqueville is quiet. The food's superb, and the elegant space is one of the most beautiful in the city.

      Tocqueville photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

      1. Picholine is pretty quiet, and near Lincoln Center too. Telepan is also worth considering.

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

        Picholine
        35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

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        1. re: gutsofsteel

          Agree about Picholine. It's especially quiet after 8 p.m., when the pre-Lincoln Center crowd has departed.

          Picholine photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

        2. Another idea is Trestle on Tenth...or how about Seasonal? I also love Cafe Sabarsky for dinner, but they close at 9 if that's an issue, and they're not open every night...check their website.

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          Cafe Sabarsky
          1048 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

          1. Picholine is an excellent choice, but if you really prefer to be downtown, SHO has spectacular food and is quiet and comfortable. Perry St. is also nice and quiet, though not on the same level as the others.

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            Picholine
            35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

            1. In Midtown East, which would be somewhat in between where you and the grandparents are, two options could be Aquavit and Rouge Tomate. Not at the same level as, say, EMP, but due to their minimalistic design/open spaces I have found both to be on the quieter side.

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              Rouge Tomate
              10 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022

                1. See, thats why I love Chowhound. Lots of great, thoughtfull ideas. I should add to my list that the restaurant would have to have availibility for 4 people at 7:30. EMP, while I love it, will not and neither will Jean Georges. I've never been to Telepan or Toqueville, both great ideas. Maybe I'll look into them in the morning.

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                  1. re: jeffthepeanut

                    Okay, if EMP isn't available, I join the recommendations for Picholine. The food is excellent, and the service is very attentive. You should request the back dining room.

                    If you're willing to travel to Tribeca, another recommendation is for Bouley (great food, decor and service) and the noise level is low.

                    1. re: jeffthepeanut

                      I was going to suggest Telepan. It's in their neighborhood, fairly quiet (not that nobody's there or nobody's talking, but it's very well divided and sound just doesn't seem to travel), a beautiful space, and can be surprisingly scene-y for its location - the last time I took my wife there, Ethan Stiefel and Julie Kent were on one side of me, some hip hop artist I recognized but couldn't place and his agent were on the other.

                      Plus, the food is fantastic. I could give up meat in exchange for a lifetime supply of the pea pancakes.

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

                      1. re: jeffthepeanut

                        You didn't name a price point, but for quiet and charming, what about Mas Farmhouse? My friend works there and says the clientelle is really age-diverse, but generally food knowledgeable- sounds like a good fit for a West Village option!

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