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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.

  1. k
    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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    1. re: khat mange
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      villainx May 4, 2011 09:20 PM

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

    2. k
      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

      1. k
        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 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. Apr 19, 2011 06:37 PM

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

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            RCC 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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              gutsofsteel 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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              1. re: gutsofsteel
                k
                kathryn 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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                villainx 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 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

                  1. re: villainx
                    kelea 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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