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Chelsea recs for a Parisian Friend

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  • mag Jul 18, 2010 06:17 PM
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Hi Hounds,
Looking for a rec for my Parisian friend. She is interested in a trendy place serving great dinners which she can write a review for her magazine back in Paris. The best part is I get to be her guest! Nothing too pretentious, but a great NYC experience. Any thoughts?
PS I have not been on the site for quite a while, since I lost my job way back when,,, but I knew to ask the experts! Thnx!

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  1. Budget? Type of cuisine? Casual or formal?

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    1. re: gutsofsteel

      hi, budget from mid price, $15-20 a plate, trendy, new but not obnixious, casual, but not flip flops!

      1. re: mag

        You'll have to get other input for "trendy" - I avoid it like the plague.

        Not sure what you mean by "great NYC experience." What type of cuisine?

        1. re: gutsofsteel

          not obnoxious, looking for a place which she can review for her publication. something new and fresh. american or italian perhaps. thanks.

          1. re: mag

            Maialino - it's not in Chelsea but it's nearby on 22nd St & Lex. Fairly new, Italian, very popular, very good. Definitely not obnoxious.

            2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

            1. re: mag

              Like gos, I stay far away from trendy.

              While I love Maialino (our favorite Italian right now), the decor does not really say "NYC" -- more Roman trattoria, which it is patterned after

              I think a much better choice would be Aldea, on 17th St., b/t 5th & 6th Avs.. Opened a little over a year ago. Superb Portuguese-inspired Contemporary American cuisine. (Don't miss the signature Arroz de Pato!) The space has a cool, hip NYC look, but the overall feel is *not* in any way, shape or form obnoxious. That's due to the warm, friendly welcome and service.

              You could consider sitting at the counter where you can watch your food being prepared and interact with Chef/Owner George Mendes (a truly nice guy!) and his crew. That's certainly a very NYC thing to do and would make a nice hook for her article.

              Aldea photos can be viewed here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

              1. re: mag

                Redhead - E.13th betw. 1st-2nd Aves (new enough for this)
                Terroir (new one in Tribecca or one on E.12 off 1st Ave) - a wine bar serving very good food (from the owners of Hearth)

                413 E 12th St, New York, NY 10009

        2. Check with your friend re: pricepoint she is up for as not all recommended here are consistent with the 15-20 mains for dinner. (I'm not sure that many or any trendy, interesting/writeup-able for Parisians-great food restos exist at the $15-20 main pricepoint; there may, but be careful) . according to menupages, at lunch at Aldea, apps are around 12, sandwiches 17-19, mains in the 20s and up.Presumably, dinner prices are higher.

          31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

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          1. re: yebo

            I didn't see the post re: the $15-$20 budget when I suggested Aldea. At dinner, the mains are all in the $20's. For food of such high caliber, I think most people would consider that moderate/mid-range.

          2. You said Chelsea, right? A range of interesting options could be Company, Txikito, El Quinto Peno, and Red Cat. Another that would be interesting to get her take on is Collichio & Sons. NYTimes critic liked it, but it's gotten very mixed reviews on this board. Could be fun to get a Parisian's take on it.. Let us know where you end up going - and post the reviews!

            Red Cat
            227 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

            240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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            1. re: edwardspk

              I second Txikito. I've taken people there and it seems to please both those who want trendy as well of those of us who just want to eat really great food. They also have great summer wines on their menu right now.

              240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001