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Birtrhday Dinner in the East Village

EV_Eats Jun 5, 2010 12:06 AM

Hey, I need some ideas on where to take my father for dinner on either this Monday or Tuesday. I'd like to keep it local (East Village) & if possible somewhere that will not be very crowded (there will be 4 of us in all). We've eaten at a lot of places in the 'hood so new openings would be a bonus. Cuisine & cost are really not an issue. Thanks in advance!
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    kathryn Jun 5, 2010 07:41 AM

    Where have you been and what did you think? It's hard to make a recommendation without a sense of your tastes and preferences given that cuisine and cost are not really an issue here.

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    1. re: kathryn
      EV_Eats Jun 5, 2010 09:00 AM

      Places that I've personally wanted to try are Apiary, Degustation, Hearth, not sure how those would fly with my Dad though. Got any good Italian or seafood suggestions Kathryn?

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        kathryn Jun 5, 2010 02:32 PM

        Hearth is very "parent friendly" -- not too pricey, good quality, good service, not cramped. If you've not tried it, I would encourage you to do so.

    2. coasts Jun 5, 2010 09:03 AM

      DBGB's maybe? i've never been on a Monday or Tuesday, but with a reservation, i guess that the dining room wouldn't be so crazy.

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      DBGB
      299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

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        Littleman Jun 5, 2010 03:02 PM

        DBGB's has a $24.07 Prix Fixe lunch weekdays.........

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        DBGB
        299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

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        midtownfoodie Jun 8, 2010 06:01 AM

        I've taken my dad to Hearth and Apiary, and he enjoyed them both. They're both not cramped (which in my opinion make it suburban parent-friendly) with good lighting (for easy menu reading), with a lot of familiar but delicious options for him, and interesting and fun options for me (sweetbreads!) Hope that helps!

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          ExFlexitarian Jun 8, 2010 06:28 AM

          Apiary is my standard go-to for "neutral" restaurants (ie. not too exp, not too loud, not too crowded, and a menu that isn't too "weird"). Overall solidly executed food, esp their seafood dishes, and a fantastic wine list to boot.

          If you're looking for a seafood specialist restaurant, Mermaid Inn is a good option. For Italian - Hearth, Paprika and Perbacco are my go-tos in the EV.

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          Mermaid Inn
          96 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

          Perbacco
          234 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10009

        2. EV_Eats Jun 8, 2010 10:36 AM

          My brother took some initiative & got us a table at Barbounia on Park Ave South. Never been there before but we'll see how that goes...

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          Barbounia
          250 Park Ave South, New York, NY 10003

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          1. re: EV_Eats
            EV_Eats Jun 9, 2010 08:33 AM

            Whoa! Barbounia was actually really damn good! The Merguez & the Lamb Shank were the real winners!

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            Barbounia
            250 Park Ave South, New York, NY 10003

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