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We moved to the burbs almost 9 years ago and although we are only 20 minutes away, my husband and I are completely out of the loop on the restaurant scene. We have decided for the 2cd year in a row to spend 3 childless nights back in NYC. Last year we ate at Scarpetta, Ippudo, and DBGB and loved them all. This year we are looking for similar type restaurants in that we dont want any fancy 5 stars. We have been there and done that 100 times. Just looking for great food and a great NyC vibe. We are coming in next week and staying at the Bowery Hotel but will travel anywhere in the city. So far, my investigating has led me to Locanda Verde, Minetta Tavern
and Degustation. I have gotten horrible reservation times at each and was looking for some back up suggestions. So, if you were a NYC lover in early 40's with 3 nights to eat out where you you eat? Many thanks!

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Minetta Tavern
113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

Ippudo
65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

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

Locanda Verde
377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

DBGB
299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

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  1. im not a fan of locanda verde...too boring and a very tourist-y crowd in my opinion. id steer you to dell'anima instead...amazing homemade pastas, great crowd, and fantastic service. this place is very popular too but i think you can get a better reservation time than locanda.

    minetta is awesome. reservations are always rough unless you call exactly 30 days ahead. even at 6-630, its a good idea.

    degustation...i dunno...its cute but ive never been wowed by the food. id recommend txikito instead...no reservations but if you sneak in around 7, there's usually little wait. amazing tapas, great vibe. chelsea location.

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    1. re: sam1

      I'm going to add Recette to this list, becoming one of our favorites. The front of Gramercy Tavern takes walk ins and is more casual. I've also read that Mailaimo has a great bar area for walk ins. When there's just two and I can't get that 7:00-8:00 res, we often then just wing it at the bar. Two more, Union Square Cafe (also has a few walk in tables) and Convivo.

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      Gramercy Tavern
      42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

      Recette
      328 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014

    2. Seconding Txikito, Maialino and Convivio. My early 40s suburban married foodie friends also love:

      Ma Peche (which is positively luxurious compared to the other David Chang joints)
      The Breslin (go early to minimize the waiting time)
      Tap Room at Colicchio and Sons (for low key, simple fare)
      Keste (though I prefer Motorino)
      The Modern Bar Room
      Casa Mono

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      Casa Mono
      52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

      Convivio
      45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

      Txikito
      240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

      The Breslin
      20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

      Ma Peche
      15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

      Motorino
      349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

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      1. re: fm1963

        Are Casa Mono and Txikito similar? Which would you prefer? Thanks!

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        Casa Mono
        52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

        Txikito
        240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

        1. re: whyutrippen

          Casa Mono is somewhat more formal, portions are a bit larger....and I like the food much better.

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          Casa Mono
          52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

          1. re: gutsofsteel

            I agree. Txikito is delicious and rather traditional. Casa Mono's offerings are more modern, more ambitious, with larger portions. If I had to choose between the two, I would also choose Casa Mono.

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            Casa Mono
            52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

            Txikito
            240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

          2. re: whyutrippen

            Casa Mono is more like an interpretation of Spanish cuisine. Incredibly delicous and they take reservations (but not that many). The portions are bigger (raciones). I love the duck egg with mojama, razor clams a la plancha, fideos with chorizo and clam, foie gras with five onions, crispy sweetbreads (they are kind of like sweetbread poppers) and skirt steak. The food feeds more rich and hearty at Casa Mono to me.

            Txikito's menu is much more Basque in comparison (straight out of San Sebastian adn they serve txakoli in those super thin glasses are well) and the portions are smaller. The room is more modern, as well. I really like the chorizo hash sandwich, octopus carpaccio, croquettas, blistered peppers, blood sausage bundles, lamb chops, and don't forget the daily specials. I think the croquettas at Txikito are slightly better than at Casa Mono and the blistered padron peppers are one of my favorite things ever. I like both but Txikito doesn't take reservations.

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            Casa Mono
            52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

            Txikito
            240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

        2. Hearth
          Maialino
          Minetta Tavern
          Casa Mono
          Recette
          Craft

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          Casa Mono
          52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

          Minetta Tavern
          113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

          Maialino
          2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

          Recette
          328 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014