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Apr 28, 2011 02:26 PM

Need advice and recommendations for NY trip next week

My wife and I have been to NY many times and are returning May 4-7 for my 40th birthday. We already have the following on our list of places to go back to:

Bleeker Street Pizza
Katz's Deli (maybe)
Grey's Papaya
Shake Shack
Ess-a-Bagel (maybe)

These are all cheap eats that we love. What we need is a place for my 40th birthday dinner. At the moment I'm considering Katz's Deli or John's of Bleeker Street (never been there), but these are so casual - it might be nice to go somewhere a little nicer... but not where the food is super fancy. I am not interested in any place that serves pork cheeks and baby quail with asparagus reduction sauce. :)

- I am not into super fancy food like Gramercy Tavern or Blue Hill, and I'm not into steak or French food. Risoterria is more up our alley - casual places with great food.

- We are considering trying Sushi Yasuda (if we can get in). Looked at Balthazar, but it's too frou frou for me.

- We like Italian (Patsy's) but I just came back from 3 weeks in Rome and have had my fill of pasta for a while.

- I'd consider a great upscale restaurant that has a casual bar menu with sliders, burgers, soups, pastas, etc. Great food in the more casual atmosphere. Looked at the Gramercy Tavern bar menu and it's almost as fancy as the regular menu...

Our hotel is on the bottom end of Soho. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!

Gramercy Tavern
42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

359 1st Ave, New York, NY 10010

831 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022

Blue Hill
75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

Sushi Yasuda
204 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017

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  1. hearth is a nice restaurant that has a pretty comfortable menu. i also love prune.

    perilla would also be a solid idea...a bit closer to your hotel.

    yasuda is amazing but not a casual place at all. some people unfamiliar with high end sushi will find it cold and unfriendly (even though its not).

    9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

    403 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10009

    54 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003

    1. Not sure where you are from exactly, but you might consider

      Ed's Lobster Bar - not NY's best lobster roll, but if that's something not common around your parts, it should be a real treat.

      L'Asso might also do it, pretty good pizza and pasta.

      If you considered Sushi Yasuda, then I'd suggest Ushiwakamaru for good sushi. Blue Ribbon Sushi for reliable sushi.

      Also around Houston, Jane Restaurant is sort of upscale casual. Or Lucky Strike on Grand Street.

      Further away from the Soho area, maybe Redhead or Back Forty in East Village. Bubby's in Tribeca.

      This is a pretty tough challenge. It's hard to make a rec on a casual, down to earth place - partly because it normally wouldn't be something recommended (usually special occasion splurge or some ethnic/regional/best specialization).

      100 West Houston Street, New York, NY 10012

      Sushi Yasuda
      204 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017

      Ed's Lobster Bar
      222 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

      Back Forty
      190 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

      Blue Ribbon Sushi
      119 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

      Bubby's Pie Co.
      120 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013

      136 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012

      192 Mott St, New York, NY 10012

      Lucky Strike
      59 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

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