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Hi there!

I am having an awful time trying to pick a place to eat!

We are having guests from England (a lively 50something couple) come to stay with us in Jersey City for a few nights. They will be out and about on their own most of the time, but want to take my hubby and I out for a meal to thank us for letting them stay with us, and they want us to pick a place.

Obviously we don't want to pick an expensive place, and we want good food that really represents a taste of "New York".
Nothing touristy - someplace they wouldnt have found on their own.

At first, I considered going out in Hoboken or JC at a place with a good NYC view - because, really the veiws are spectacular from that side of the river... but frankly, the food also stinks on that side of the river, so thats out.

I guess the area doesnt matter really - except that it's gotta be in an area where we might find some bars to pop into for a drink, or be able to walk around a bit...
I thought of Apizz but the area isnt so great...

I'm thiinking pizza or maybe a small plates type place...

Any suggestions? I'm really at a loss here!

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Apizz
217 Eldridge St., New York, NY 10002

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  1. Gosh!
    No recs yet?

    Has anyone been to 57 Napoli Pizza e Vino?

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    57 Napoli
    120 E 57th St, New York, NY 10022

    1. The fixed-price lunch at Del Posto is $29 for three courses. Not a bad price point for a Michelin Star restaurant.

      http://www.delposto.com/menu.cfm?rest...

      Edited to add: oops, I glossed over the walking around requirement. How does this sound: Dine at Gramercy Tavern (Tavern side - no reservations, bar menu is good and they serve all day and night). Plenty of bars/points of interest nearby. Maybe drop in at Eataly, Batali's new homage to all things Italian, and grab some snacks and drinks there. Shake Shack is across the street.

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      Del Posto
      85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

      1. Given the equivocations about price and locale (e.g., "area doesn't mattter....but the area isn't so great"), it's a bit difficult to make recommendations that might work for you and your guests. Were I to hazard a suggestion, it would be Vintage Irving....on Irving Place, a lovely part of the city, and there are places to drink nearby. It's a small plates restaurant.

        Coming from Jersey City, you might also explore the West Village. A truly budget-friendly option might be Moustache; more expensive would be Pearl Oyster Bar. Go on www.menupages.com to search the menus for restaurants, and restaurants by neighborhood.

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        Pearl Oyster Bar
        18 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014

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        1. re: 280 Ninth

          Thank you both so much!

          I shall consider each of both of your suggestions!

          Off to research!

          1. re: NellyNel

            Pearl is great and not super expensive but they don't take reservations and it's a bit cramped inside. I think it's worth the wait most nights but the lines can get pretty long.

            They're also closed right now for vacation, and will reopen on the 13th for dinner.

            To avoid waiting, some people show up before they open for dinner (which is 6pm).

        2. Motorino in the East Village, 349 E .12 St. just west of First Ave. Pizza and salads are tops and after dinner you can take your guest for a stroll on St. Marks Place, a real show for any visitor.
          http://www.motorinopizza.com/

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          Motorino
          349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

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          1. re: BluPlateSpec

            I didn't think the Motorino salad I tried was that great -- and they served in a bowl, which was awkward. I do love their pies. They don't take reservations either, so be prepared to wait (mostly outside, there's little waiting room inside).

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            Motorino
            349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

          2. Apizz is one of my MOST favorite restaurants. Keep that on the list. Another fun sort of hole in the wall place that has EXCELLENT pizza is Grano Trattoria which is on 10th and Greenwich ish. Great Pizza, pasta, wine, etc. and not overly expensive either!

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            Apizz
            217 Eldridge St., New York, NY 10002

            Grano
            21 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10014

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            1. re: jbursk

              Both are your suggestions are appealing to me - exactly the type of places I was thinking of.
              I am leaning toward Grano - the menu seems to have lots of little plates - and the pasta dishes sound really good.

              Good walking around area too!

              Perfect!!

              Thanks so much - I shall post my thoughts if we do go.

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              Grano
              21 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10014

              1. re: NellyNel

                I went to Grano once, several years ago. I found it merely OK and pretty overpriced for the quality, but it WAS several years ago and also could have been a fluke.