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Dinner reco for tomorrow night early - great food and vibe a must

Laurencat Jan 14, 2011 02:56 PM

Going to The Whitney for the Edward Hopper Exhibit tomorrow afternoon. Museum closes at 6:00 and we'd like to go to dinner right after. Any recommendations for somewhere close-ish with creative food and a fun attitude? Casual is preferable, and we'd like to keep the tab under $150 for two with a couple of glasses of wine each.

  1. princeofpork Jan 14, 2011 03:21 PM

    What hood will you be in, Tough to find a good vibe at 6PM

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    1. re: princeofpork
      Laurencat Jan 14, 2011 03:25 PM

      Madison and 75. After dinner to Penn Station.

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        princeofpork Jan 14, 2011 04:19 PM

        Try Sojurn

        1. re: princeofpork
          Laurencat Jan 16, 2011 05:44 PM

          Don't bother. We ordered calamari, which was so rubbery it was inedible. Also tried a sliced beef dish that wasn't memorable. The Edward Hopper exhibit, on the other hand, was great.

          244 East 79th Street, New York, NY 10021

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      orthorunner Jan 14, 2011 06:25 PM

      If you are willing to go from one museum to another, you could check out the Wright, in the Guggenheim. They have a $45 dinner prix fixe, which should allow you to stay within budget.

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        secondsplz Jan 16, 2011 08:50 PM

        realized this rec was TOO late

        definately casual and pretty good food is B. Smiths. not walking distance but close enough I would say. fun vibe, very nice service. they have a very good prix fix for $35 with good choices, had the salmon as entree, fried green tomatoes to start and the sorbet to finish. add a couple of glasses of wine and still, even tax and tip you are still within under $150 for two

        B. Smith's
        320 West 46th St., New York, NY 10036

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        1. re: secondsplz
          small h Jan 17, 2011 05:00 AM

          I haven't been to B. Smith's for 10ish years, but based on my memory of the food, I wouldn't go five blocks out of my way to eat there, let alone 30+. Did it suddenly get amazing?

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            secondsplz Jan 17, 2011 06:00 AM

            well, not sure what exactly was your experience 10 years ago...and not sure what you would call amazing but i compared to what i think of as amazing food and the best in the city, of course not, that wasnt a thought it my mind. was it good food in a casual environment at good prices for the quality, yes, i thought so.

            1. re: secondsplz
              small h Jan 17, 2011 06:20 AM

              Ok. I was just mystified why you'd send the OP so far from her preferred area, when there are so many restaurants 1) better than B. Smith's and 2) much closer to the Whitney. I think of B. Smith's as a place to go for brunch before a matinee - a decent choice if you're in the area anyway, but not worth a special trip from anywhere. Your description supports that.

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