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Jul 27, 2010 06:35 AM

Dinner with friends

While in NYC next week I'm going to be meeting friends for dinner and I was wondering if anyone could recomend either a great "red sauce" Italian restaurant or a French Bistro with the following criteria.

-most entrees below $20;
-lively atmosphere;
-although I am staying on the UWS, location is not terribly important.


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  1. Da Andrea

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

    2 Replies
    1. re: melpy

      Da Andrea would also be my recommendation too. It is excellent and inexpensive, but be aware that it is not "red sauce". The owners are from Bologna and the food is northern Italian.

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

      1. re: rrems

        true, must have glossed over that part

    2. I would suggest L'Express for a lively french bistro. It wouldn't be too difficult to get to either since a lot of trains come into Union Square.

      249 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10003

      1. Thank you very much for your suggestions!