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Sep 10, 2010 01:26 PM

A rare night out

Night's out are rare these days, with two young children at home. I'm meeting an old friend for dinner next week, and looking for a place that is casual and comfortable, with seasonal, and simply prepared food (friend can be a bit picky). Perilla is a place that comes to mind, but I've already been a few times. Thinking of possibly ABC Kitchen, does this fit the bill? Union Square, EV, WV, or LES are all fine, with prices no more than $25pp for the main course. Good cocktails are a plus. :) Thanks!

9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

ABC Kitchen
35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003

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  1. Savoy is lovely, especially if you're in the room with the fireplace. They're as seasonal / simple as it gets.
    Right nearby is Caffe Falai - I find Italian is good for picky eaters, there's usally a lot to choose from.
    The Tap Bar (a/k/a The Cheaper Room) at Colicchio & Sons is very good, and the "Tavern Room" at Gramercy Tavern - no reservations at GT, but on weeknights it's pretty easy to get a table.

    Gramercy Tavern
    42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

    Caffe Falai
    265 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

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

    1. Apiary is fantastic, and has entrees right around your upper limit. They have a great 3 course prix fixe for $35 available every night.

      The only issue is that it can get a little loud (on the weekends), which may not be the best for catching up with a friend.

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      1. re: jaba

        You are mistaken about the prix fixe. Unless Apiary's own website - - is behind on updates, the prix fixe is offered only Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday. A few months ago, I went on a Friday and was indeed told that they had no prix fixe on that day. I really enjoyed the dinner my girlfriend and I had, but it did cost about twice as much as I had planned on spending. I was OK with that and enjoyed the experience, but it is much better if people know what they're getting into.

        1. re: Pan

          Just went last Saturday and it was available.