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May 29, 2011 08:00 PM

Dining Itinerary - Thoughts?

So my younger brother is coming to visit for a week before starting grad school, and I'm trying to come up with a solid dining itinerary. He's a devout meat-eater who prefers if he knows most of the ingredients on the menu, but has no problem with spicy. The thing he finds most impressive about NY is the plethora of great beer menus. I'm vegetarian but will eat just about anything that fits that requirement (though I'm not a huge fan of mushrooms or winter squash, i.e. the veg mainstays). Friends may be joining us various nights, but they're all less picky than we are.

I'm also aiming for nothing too stiff/formal and between $30 to 40 per person plus drinks.

Also, I live in Tribeca, so nothing too far uptown.

Right now these are my current thoughts:

Apizz - Sat
Yerba Buena Perry - Sun
Balaboosta - Mon
Fat Radish - Tues
Kin Shop - Wed
ABC Kitchen - Th
Gyu Kaku - Fri

Right now I'm mostly concerned about Balaboosta (read about teeny portions and just average food), but would also appreciate thoughts on the other items up there. If I were to switch it, I'm thinking solid pizza place, though I don't want anything where we need to wait an hour, and I'm kinda at a loss.

Also, how do people feel about Malialino and Lupa v. Apizz? I love the food at Apizz, but for sibling dinner prefer less romantic. I've found Locanda Verde to be eh for dinner.

And Fat Radish v. The Dutch? They're both high on my to-try list.

170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

217 Eldridge St., New York, NY 10002

Locanda Verde
377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

Yerba Buena Perry
1 Perry Street, New York, NY 10014

214 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

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

Fat Radish
17 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

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  1. -- Kin Shop is one of my favorites...lots of options both carnivorous, vegetarian, and/or spicy...

    -- since your brother likes meats, he'll surely like the lamb chops at Maialino...salads are great too...but it's usually more than 40 person if you get starters, etc...

    -- on a warm days like these, i love sitting outside at Malatesta: not as chowish as many places mentioned here, but absurdly reasonable prices, also has good lamb chops, vegetarian pasta options, and a lot of neighborhood charm...Cacio e Vino could also be an option...

    649 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

    Cacio e Vino
    80 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

    2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

    Kin Shop
    469 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

    1. YB Perry and Kin Shop are great. I have not been to Apizz, but between Maialino and Lupa, I would choose Maialino if price is not a consideration, Lupa if it is. They both serve really good food, but Maialino is just a bit better, and it is more spacious and comfortable. You could not go wrong with either one.

      1. How about Corsino in the W. Village? If's a fun downtown-y atmosphere. Their short ribs and meatballs are great. The pasta with pork ragu is v. good as well. Loreley - German beer garden on the LES has lots of sausages, schnitzels. Burger and Barrel in Soho has a more meat centric menu as well, and masculine feel to it with beer and wine on tap. The other places on your list sound good except that ABC Kitchen is sort of a girlie restaurant.

        7 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

        637 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

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

        Burger & Barrel
        25 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012