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Sunday dinner for 7 people in Soho, the Village, or Chelsea: need recs

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patdance Jul 14, 2010 03:42 PM

My husband and I will be in Manhattan this weekend and treating our daughter and her boyfriend plus 3 cousins to dinner Sunday. My husband and I are staying in Soho (Hampton Inn) but the others are in UWS and Brooklyn. I'm looking for a restaurant within reasonable walking distance or short subway or taxi ride from the hotel (am I right in thinking that means Soho, the Village, or Chelsea?), although I'd be willing to travel farther for a good place. It's important that we go someplace that takes reservations, because we don't want to wait for a long time. It also has to take credit cards.

Alhough my husband and I are treating, we don't want to spend a fortune--would be nice to keep under $30/person (not including drinks and tip). We all enjoy cuisines of various regions and also like places that emphasize seasonal ingredients. My daughter and one cousin prefer vegetarian food, but they will eat meat or fish at times. We don't like pretentious food or service. We do like a nice (not fancy) setting that's not too noisy to have a conversation. Some places that we've liked (with most of the same group) on other trips to the city are Cookshop (though that was noisier and more expensive than I wanted), Josie's Restaurant West, and Chennai Garden. My husband and I have also enjoyed Alouette and Cosette and would like recs for similar places closer to the hotel.

I saw that Zengo's is participating in Restaurant Week for Sunday dinner and it sounds like the kind of thing all might like--would you recommend it for us given the criteria above?

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Chennai Garden
129 E 27th St, New York, NY 10016

Alouette
2588 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

Zengo
622 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

  1. LeahBaila Jul 16, 2010 09:01 AM

    You may want to look in to:
    Peasant
    Bellavitae
    L'Artusi
    Chinatown Brasserie
    Otto
    Jane
    The New French
    Corsino

    www.thelunchbelle.com

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    Chinatown Brasserie
    380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

    Bellavitae
    24 Minetta Lane, New York, NY 10012

    The New French
    522 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

    L'Artusi
    228 West 10th Street, New York, NY 10014

    Corsino
    637 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

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      rrems Jul 15, 2010 07:05 PM

      Da Andrea will fit your budget, and they take reservations for a party of 6 or more.

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      Da Andrea
      35 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011

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        savory1 Jul 14, 2010 04:46 PM

        I would highly reccomend Kittichai. They have a fixed menu for $35 a person and the food is fantastic, as is the atmosphere. You will love it, and it is in Soho.

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        Kittichai
        60 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

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          patdance Jul 14, 2010 06:36 PM

          Kittichai does look great and we like Thai, but I noticed that all the review quotes and awards mentioned on the website are from 2004-5. Have you eaten there recently? Also, do you know if casual dress is OK there?

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          Kittichai
          60 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

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