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Union Square Off the Radar

jgreen7292 Aug 24, 2010 07:11 AM

There's no dearth of eating around the area, I know, but need recommendations for low-key, kind of quiet, but good, no compromise food.

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    RGR Aug 24, 2010 03:25 PM

    Tocqueville, a longtime favorite, tends to travel under the usual restaurant radar. Chef/Owner Marco Moreiro's French/New American cuisine is first-rate, there's an excellent wine list, service is cordial and professional, and the understated elegant dining room -- one of the most beautiful in the city -- is comfortable and low key.

    Tocqueville photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391@N03/sets/72157622929811951/


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    1. re: RGR
      Rmis32 Aug 24, 2010 07:56 PM

      2nd Tocqueville. Lunch is particularly low key & the prix fixe is a great value as well.

    2. daffyduck Aug 24, 2010 03:05 PM

      only been to 15 east once on a Wed evening around 8, half the restaurant was empty and it was nice and quiet. i thought the food was very good. the sushi bar is also pretty quiet.
      but im not sure if it's always like that.

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      1. re: daffyduck
        uwsister Aug 25, 2010 01:49 PM

        It's usually very quiet. But I wouldn't call it "off the radar" - though it fits the OP's description in the post.

        1. re: uwsister
          daffyduck Aug 25, 2010 02:27 PM

          I know Tocqueville and 15 east are both owned by Marco Moreiro and I believe their right next to each other, but does anyone know if you areable to order off the menu from both restaurants?
          Alwayshungry makes it seem like you can do that in their "Other Notes:

          Order the California Sea Urchin and Angel Hair Carbonara from Tocqueville next door."
          I love that site but I hate the fact that you can never ask questions about anything on it.

          1. re: daffyduck
            RGR Aug 25, 2010 03:35 PM

            Tocqueville and 15 East are not next door to one another. Obviously, 15 East is at #15 while Tocqueville is at #1, much further west on the block, close to 5th. Each is a separate operation with its own kitchen. I don't see how it would be possible to order from both restaurants' menus. In fact, if it was an option, when patrons are seated at Tocqueville, they would be handed the menus for both. We've been to Tocqueville many times, and that has never happened.


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        kathryn Aug 24, 2010 08:29 AM

        Any cuisine preferences? Budget constraints?

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