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Dinner recs near Avenue A and 13th Street

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khat mange Apr 19, 2011 04:06 AM

I'm looking for a good, moderately priced restaurant near/ish to Avenue A and 13th for a birthday dinner. It needs to be big enough to accommodate 9-12 people. I'd prefer a Spanish restaurant but it's not essential. BN: the dinner will be on a Friday evening.

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    villainx RE: khat mange Apr 19, 2011 09:45 AM

    These are places that should fit a decent size group, have decent food, and good service (and should be reserve-able). None are Spanish however.

    - Sort of new American (emphasis on local and chef driven): Back Forty is on 12th and B. Redhead is on 13th and 1st.
    - Japanese: Kamui Den is on 12th and A
    - Italian: Luzzo's is on 12th and 1st.
    - Mexican: Mercadito on 11th and B might be too small of a space for your party.

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    Luzzo's
    211 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

    Back Forty
    190 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

    Kamui Den
    186 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

    The Redhead
    349 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003

    Mercadito
    179 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

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      gutsofsteel RE: villainx Apr 19, 2011 01:43 PM

      You're recommending Luzzo's for a birthday dinner? It's an extremely casual pizza joint...

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      Luzzo's
      211 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

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        kelea RE: villainx Apr 19, 2011 01:52 PM

        Another for Back Forty.

        I love Spina for italian and they do accommodate parties with a prix fixe menu.

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        Back Forty
        190 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

        Spina
        175 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

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        gutsofsteel RE: khat mange Apr 19, 2011 01:42 PM

        Casa Mono is not far.

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        Casa Mono
        52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

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          kathryn RE: gutsofsteel Apr 19, 2011 06:30 PM

          Casa Mono doesn't do parties of more than six people.

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          Casa Mono
          52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

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          RCC RE: khat mange Apr 19, 2011 02:01 PM

          I've been happy with my meals at Supper. Plus, they have large group seatings, as well as a private room.

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          Supper
          156 E 2nd St, New York, NY 10009

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            khat mange RE: khat mange Apr 19, 2011 05:22 PM

            Thanks! I've narrowed it down to a few selections. Do you have any opinions on the following?:
            Euzcadi
            Mercadito
            Pylos
            Yerba Buena
            Casa Mono
            and a bit further away:
            Pipa
            Frankie's 17

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            Casa Mono
            52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

            Frankies 17 Spuntino
            17 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

            Pylos
            128 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

            Pipa
            38 East 19th Street, New York, NY 10003

            Euzkadi
            108 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003

            Yerba Buena
            23 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

            Mercadito
            179 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

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              khat mange RE: khat mange Apr 19, 2011 05:30 PM

              Oh, and Tapeo 29

              Thanks again

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              Tapeo 29
              29 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

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                Nancy S. RE: khat mange Apr 19, 2011 06:37 PM

                cocktails at yerba buena are excellent and the atmosphere is festive.

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                khat mange RE: khat mange Apr 26, 2011 06:56 AM

                I made a reservation for Mercadito. I'll let everyone know how it is.

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                Mercadito
                179 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

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                  khat mange RE: khat mange May 1, 2011 12:55 PM

                  Mercadito was fantastic. I reserve 5 stars for places that I love to an embarrassing degree.

                  Anyway, I had made reservations for 8 people. Unfortunately I was the only one to arrive on time. I waited at the bar and made friends with some lovely new people. When the bartender found out it was my birthday he gave me a free shot. Even though the bulk of my party showed up a half an hour late Mercadito was still able to seat us (we had to squeeze into a table for 6 while the group next to us finished up their drinks).

                  The atmosphere was lovely. It felt like being on the back porch of a stucco house. However the front room is quite tight. Sitting at the bar felt a little claustrophobic. Also beware that the stairs to the back room are fairly steep so if you have limitations you should ask if they can seat you in the front.

                  The service was a little slow to get started, but once it did it was quite prompt. Drink requests were responded to quickly and the food was cleared and brought out rapidly while also not being rushed.
                  We did the $35 tasting menu. I called my order in to the restaurant early and they arranged for me to have 3 botanas and 3 tacos rather than 2 and 4. The guacamole's were all great but the mango and traditional were the clear favorites. The quesidillas were good. I enjoyed the cheese one the best. But, I don't like mushrooms so I'm biased against that. We also had the picadas and the queso fundo. Both fantastic. Unfortunately I was already getting stuffed by the time I had the picadas so I only had a half of one. For tacos we had the carne, mole, and estilo baja. Again, all delish, but I could only eat a bite of each bc I was so full. The flan was my favorite dessert, but other of my party really loved the fried plaintains.

                  I will definitely be going to Mercadito again.

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                  Mercadito
                  179 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

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                    villainx RE: khat mange May 4, 2011 09:20 PM

                    That's great. Happy birthday, belated by now.

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