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sanderb Aug 16, 2010 05:29 PM

We are meeting in the city a Saturday night in September. Would like to find a fun place with great food and reasonably priced drinks. Looking for entrees under $40. Looking for interesting cuisine, but we have a couple who are not very daring so Italian, Spanish, Mediterranean or New American - with a twist. 2 of us are staying in Soho, 2 in Union Square, want to stay in that area or downtown. Thanks for any suggestions.

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    gutsofsteel Aug 16, 2010 05:31 PM


    2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

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      orthorunner Aug 16, 2010 08:02 PM

      If you are willing to go for latin cuisine, Yerba Buena (or its sister Yerba Buena Perry) is known for both its food and its drinks.
      Another possibility is Mercat: Catalan small plates/tapas, with a bit of a buzz in the air but not uncomfortably crowded.
      Bar Blanc Bistro flies a bit under the radar; however, not sure how well they can accomodate larger groups. A bit of a rustic edge to the atmosphere, and very solid food offerings (including their mac&cheese with truffle, better than expectations!)

      45 Bond Street, New York, NY 10012

      Yerba Buena
      23 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

      Yerba Buena Perry
      1 Perry Street, New York, NY 10014

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        rrems Aug 18, 2010 03:18 PM

        Bar Blanc closed several months ago. I would recommend Perilla. I also had a surprisingly good dinner recently at Union Square Cafe. It's less adventurous than what I normally prefer, but what they do, they do very well.

        9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

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          orthorunner Aug 19, 2010 07:55 PM

          A shame! I missed that...we must have gone shortly before their closing. I was worried that might happen, as it did not seem on the radar at all.
          I do love Perilla, though it may not be as "daring" as what the OP was looking for.

          9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

          1. re: orthorunner
            kathryn Aug 19, 2010 07:57 PM

            I thought the OP was looking for not daring?

            "Looking for interesting cuisine, but we have a couple who are not very daring"

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              orthorunner Aug 19, 2010 08:01 PM

              sorry I was thinking about the adjectives "fun and interesting" and saw daring in the post, without realizing she had said one couple was not.

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          Andrassebestyen89 Aug 20, 2010 08:17 AM

          I just wrote a review about Wallse in the West Village. All entree's around around 30 dollars and prepared absolutely perfectly. I'd recommend everyone get a different desert afterwards and share as well, $10-$12 each. The dishes are all very special but not necessarily too experimental, so daring and not daring should both be okay. Here's the review too:


          Craft is also great, as is Recette if you guys want to share a bunch of different things.

          344 W. 11th St., New York, NY 10014

          328 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014

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            sanderb Aug 31, 2010 10:44 AM

            Thank you for all of the suggestions. I made a reservation for Perilla (I am a huge TC fan so why not?)

            9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

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