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May 4, 2011 09:21 AM

Dinner for visiting friend - have been to Little Owl, Lupa, need similar recs please.


I have a friend coming to town and need to make a reservation for late May. I tried ABC Kitchen and Maialino, but they only have 5pm and 11pm seatings available. I've taken her to Little Owl and Lupa, and she loved both. Want to try somewhere she hasn't been; my other ideas are Red Cat or The Harrison, but wondering if anyone can recommend anything else? We want somewhere delicious, but sort of casual (not fancy white table cloth.) Price range can go up to mid - high $20s for an entree.


170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

Little Owl
90 Bedford Street, New York, NY 10014

Red Cat
227 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

ABC Kitchen
35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003

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  1. The only thing not available at Maialino if you eat at the bar (or front area) is the maialino itself. So I wouldnt give up on taking her there... we've never had a problem getting bar seats & its a fine place to have dinner. Hearth might be interesting as well, especially if you get there when seats are available at the pass (by the kitchen).

    403 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10009

    2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

    1. I would suggest Aldea. The Portuguese-inspired contemporary American cuisine is seriously delicious (the signature arroz de pato is not-to-be-missed!), and it's the kind of casual place you are looking for both with regard to ambiance and price point. In addition to table seating, there are 6 seats at the counter in front of the open kitchen.

      You don't say exactly when in May you want to reserve, but if it's the last week, a quick check of OpenTable shows lots of availablility right now. If you are interested, it would be best to reserve asap because Aldea is very popular, and those openings could quickly disappear.

      Aldea photos:

      Btw, we've not been to The Harrison, but we had dinner once at Red Cat, and I was not impressed with the food, i.e., o.k. but nothing to rave about.

      1. Some ideas:

        All of these take reservations and will probably have some decent times left.

        9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

        1. Perilla
          Yerba Buena
          Hotel Griffou
          Le Pescadeux
          Kin Shop

          1. Lots of great ideas here, thanks everyone!