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(Fine) Dining in the West Village

We will be staying in the West Village in a couple weeks to attend the New York Fringe Festival, and are looking for great places that we can walk to dinner. Last trip we enjoyed Commerce, The Little Owl, and Babbo (but I am still paying off the second mortgage). Any suggestions?

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Babbo
110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

Little Owl
90 Bedford Street, New York, NY 10014

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  1. I wouldn't say Little Owl is 'fine' dining. Take a lookie loo at Mas Farmhouse.

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    Little Owl
    90 Bedford Street, New York, NY 10014

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    1. re: chow_gal

      Thanks. Agree about the Owl...that is why I used the ("parens").

      1. re: oldzinman

        But it's also confusing! :) How much are you willing to pay per person (including tax, tip, drinks), just so we know not to recommend places out of your price range?

        If you liked Little Owl, look at Market Table. For a cheaper alternative to Babbo, consider Lupa. Whereas Babbo's entrees can near $30, Lupa's are closer to $20, etc.

        Perilla is also a great suggestion -- definitely 2nd that.

        Dependent upon where you are in the West Village, Soho can also be a very close walk.

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        Lupa
        170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

        Perilla
        9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

        Babbo
        110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

        Little Owl
        90 Bedford Street, New York, NY 10014

        Market Table
        54 Carmine Street, New York, NY 10014

    2. Perilla
      Recette
      Aldea
      Degustation (east village, about a 15-20 minute walk)
      Perry St.(though I only go there for lunch, I think it would be a good dinner option too)
      Wallse
      Annisa

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      Perilla
      9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

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

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      1. re: rrems

        Aldea and Degustation aren't remotely in the West Village. Guidance on price would be helpful, because if Little Owl and Babbo are pricey, Mas and Perry Street would not be good recommendations.

        1. re: Wilfrid

          <Aldea and Degustation aren't remotely in the West Village.>

          OP asks for places within walking distance. Tlhey can figure out whether these are acceptable.

          1. re: rrems

            Hey Rrems, thanks for the ideas. You guessed correctly, we can walk east, west or even south!
            And since we have four nights, I will choose a variety of cuisines and prices, hence I didn't set price guidance.

        2. re: rrems

          Perilla is a great option that IMHO is fantastic food especially considering the relatively reasonable price.

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          Perilla
          9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

        3. I think "walking distance" is a very different concept for us New Yorkers (who walk everywhere) than it is for visitors. We'll walk a mile or two and think nothing of it.

          Anyway, my humble opinions on some of those already mentioned:
          Perilla - not so thrilled with. On my "overrated" list.
          Aldea - on the same list.
          Annisa - has potential, just reviewed it here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/725892

          And a few recommendations, at various price points:
          Colicchio & Sons - The Tap Room is in your price range, certainly.
          Cookshop
          Minetta Tavern - skip the $26 burger, everything else is worth it
          The Spotted Pig
          Soto - can get a bit pricey since the portions aren't terribly large but the food is exquisite.
          Braeburn
          Blue RIbbon
          Casa
          August
          Commerce
          10 Downing
          Fatty Crab
          Ditch Plains - guilty pleasure: mac-n-cheese topped hot dogs
          Cabrito
          Cones (for ice cream. Mmm... Corn....

          )

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          Cones
          272 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

          Soto
          357 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10014

          Spotted Pig
          314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

          Minetta Tavern
          113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

          August
          359 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

          Casa
          72 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

          Ditch Plains
          29 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

          Fatty Crab
          643 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

          Commerce
          50 Commerce Street, New York, NY 10014

          Cabrito
          50 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

          Braeburn
          117 Perry Street, New York, NY 10014

          10 Downing
          10 Downing Street, New York, NY 10014

          Fatty Crab
          2170 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

          Colicchio & Sons
          85 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

          1. Annisa is wonderful, very greenmarket driven in fact, if not by how they advertise themselves. It's especially good for fish preparations and for the entree of lamb with South African flavors. It's probably my favorite restaurant in the West Village right now.

            I love Soto, but you would have to get a third mortgage probably.

            I think Perry Street is still offering a $38 prix fixe, three course dinner. They are known for having great fried chicken, but the ambiance is modern, sleek and upscale. Perilla also has a well priced prix fixe dinner with a lot of good options on there, incidentally including a juicy and delicious Thai style fried chicken. I think the prix fixe for three courses was something like $35. Perilla is a little more casual feeling. You don't have to dress up to go, but you can.

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            Perilla
            9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

            Perry Street
            176 Perry Street, New York, NY 10014

            Annisa
            13 Barrow Street, New York, NY 10014

            1. There are a lot of great recs here. I'd also add I sodi on Christopher.