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Mar 27, 2011 04:43 PM

C-Town (nice-to-upscale if possible) way east on E. Broadway for parents plus grandmother and grandson?

My mother-in-law is going to an event way east on E. Broadway and we are looking for a restaurant that we could meet her at. Her event is around 174 E. Broadway, I believe. We will have our 4 year old with us. For lots of logistical reasons, it would be best to meet somewhere there than go to another neighborhood. She likes nice restaurants (i.e., not holes-in-the-wall but it doesn't have to be upscale). We can walk a bit but not too far. Any ideas?

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  1. I've had several good meals at Les Enfants Terrible, which is a French/North African restaurant. It can get loud in there, but the food is good and the prices reasonable. It's not fancy, but it's no hole-in-the-wall. Bacaro is more refined (and also kind of loud). I've only had drinks & dessert there, so I can't personally recommend the food. I like the grotto-ish atmosphere a lot, as will the 4-year-old if s/he likes caves.

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    1. re: small h

      Your options in that neighborhood are limited.

    2. I second Bacaro, although they don't accept reservations and tend to have a wait at prime dinnertime. The Fat Radish could work too, but it's also pretty tough to get into at peak hours.

      Lower key options are Brown Cafe and Cafe Petisco, which are less upscale than the previous two recommendations but still very nice for the neighborhood.

      136 Division St, New York, NY 10002

      Cafe Petisco
      189 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

      Fat Radish
      17 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

      1. A few other options, depending on how far a "short walk" is to you - the immediate area (i.e. a couple blocks) doesn't have much besides what's been noted, but you're not a terribly far walk from a more bustling part of the LES - only a couple more blocks, really. Even staying below Delancey, there are a number of nice places - Little Giant is as nice an upscaled neighborhood joint as you'll find. The aforementioned Brown Cafe is nice, if nothing memorable - I find them ever-so-slightly overpriced for what they serve, but the food is tasty. And if you want a Chinatown experience, walk a few blocks down Division St. to Fuleen, one of the better Cantonese seafood places in the city, certainly the best one East of Bowery.

        If you're willing to cross Delancey, though, there are a number of options in the mid and upscale ranges - it's be a ten minute walk, give or take, to WD-50, Falai, Alias, The Orchard, Apizz... Katz's Delicatessen... (j/k)

        If the event is on a Friday or Saturday, though, you might want to make reservations somewhere. That area tends to get mobbed on the weekends.

        50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

        Katz's Delicatessen
        205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

        217 Eldridge St., New York, NY 10002

        The Orchard
        162 Orchard St., New York, NY 10002

        Brown Cafe
        48 Hester St, New York, NY 10002

        Little Giant
        85 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002

        76 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

        11 Division St, New York, NY 10002

        68 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002