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Looking for dinner recos for tonight. We will be meeting friends whoa re driving in through the snow, they are staying near 7th Ave/ 20th St. We can take subway but trying to make it walkable for them. They are foodies from California, they love interesting cuisine, relaxed atmosphere and famous chefs but don't want to spend too much and definitely not a formal atmosphere. Maybe spend $125/couple. Also trying to avoid Italian, as one person is on a very low-carb diet plan. I thought maybe Craftbar or Crispo but nothing seems quite right...

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Crispo
240 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

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  1. How about some terrific Spanish tapas?
    Boqueria, Tia Pol and Txikito (my current favorite) are all in Chelsea.

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    Tia Pol
    205 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

    Boqueria
    53 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

    Txikito
    240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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    1. re: RCC

      Seconded, and Txikito is also my favorite. El Quinto Pino (sister restaurant) is also nearby.

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      El Quinto Pino
      401 W 24th St, New York, NY 10011

      Txikito
      240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

      1. re: kathryn

        Thanks! We actually took one of them to Boqueria on her last visit so these suggestions are right on track. Appreciate it.

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        Boqueria
        53 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

    2. There is Spice Market just a few blocks south in the meatpacking district. Its a jean-george owned restaurant if I remember correctly.

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      Spice Market
      403 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10014