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Suggestions for a pair who love Ouest?

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idreamoffood Mar 22, 2011 01:00 PM

I am giving a gift certifcate to a cousin and his partner as a thank you. They live on the upper west side and really like Ouest. I could get them a certificate there, but I am also interested in opinions on what else they might like if they like Ouest?
Price for dinner up to $300.
Thanks!

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Ouest
2315 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

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    Riverman500 Mar 22, 2011 01:36 PM

    A gift certificate from Ouest might not be a bad idea if your friends don't get to dine there often. Afaik, Tom Valenti doesn't have any other restaurants ever since he left Cesca and closed West Branch.

    I would think that Ouest fans would also like Minetta Tavern, Blue Ribbon Brasserie, and Craft, maybe even Babbo, since these places are also known for straightforward, unfussy preparations and reasonably hefty portions. It's hard to predict others' tastes, but your friends would probably have enjoyable meals at any of those four.

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    Babbo
    110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

    Minetta Tavern
    113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

    Ouest
    2315 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

    Blue Ribbon Brasserie
    97 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

    Craft
    43 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003

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      michelleats Mar 22, 2011 09:21 PM

      Blue Ribbon Braserie is a great suggestion. That or Blue Ribbon Bakery are the restaurants most similar to Ouest that I can think of in terms of the type of food (competently made American/French comfort food served in fairly generous portions) and low-key, but classy vibe.

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      Ouest
      2315 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

      Blue Ribbon Bakery
      33 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

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        plf515 Sep 22, 2011 02:54 PM

        I love Ouest, but not Babbo. At Ouest, the goal is a happy customer. At Babbo, the goal is a happy chef. I have been repeatedly treated rudely at Babbo, never at Ouest.

        Craft is more my speed.

        But if they like Ouest, why not Ouest?

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        Babbo
        110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

        Ouest
        2315 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

        Craft
        43 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003

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        scotty27 Mar 22, 2011 01:37 PM

        Peasant or Lupa, no?

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        Lupa
        170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

        Peasant
        194 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012

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          rrems Mar 22, 2011 05:17 PM

          Check out Annisa. Or maybe La Silhouette.

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          Annisa
          13 Barrow Street, New York, NY 10014

          La Silhouette
          362 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

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            idreamoffood Mar 23, 2011 07:49 AM

            Thank you for all of your suggestions! I am looking into all of these. La Silhoutte was further uptown, but the rest were more downtown. I know i didn't specify before, but any suggestions further uptown?

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              AET Mar 23, 2011 08:06 AM

              If you're looking for something on the UWS, Telepan is worth considering.

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              Telepan
              72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

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                snaporaz Mar 23, 2011 08:48 AM

                One more vote for Telepan if you're looking more UWS. And I haven't been there in a while, but what about Dovetail?

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                Dovetail
                103 West 77th Street, New York, NY 10024

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                  City Kid Sep 22, 2011 01:55 PM

                  I was also going to suggest Dovetail -- last meal at Telepan not so hot.

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                  Telepan
                  72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

                  Dovetail
                  103 West 77th Street, New York, NY 10024

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                  plf515 Sep 22, 2011 02:55 PM

                  Indeed! Telepan is excellent, and (I think) would appeal to people who like Ouest - good, high quality food, quiet, polite, civilized.

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                  Telepan
                  72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

                  Ouest
                  2315 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

            2. boredough Mar 23, 2011 03:06 PM

              How about Picholine?

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              Picholine
              35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

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                rrems Mar 23, 2011 03:35 PM

                I would second Picholine, but I wonder if they are looking for something more casual.

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                idreamoffood Sep 22, 2011 01:46 PM

                Thank you all, its been a while, but we ended up going with Babbo and got a response of "we've been wanting to try it for so long now!" Perfect!

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                Babbo
                110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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