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Jun 7, 2011 09:13 AM

I liked Apizz now what? Visiting with two daughters ages 16 and 20.

After some work on the chow discussion board last fall I dined at Appiz in September with my daughter and nephew and we enjoyed the dinner, service and decor. Seemed like a nice "find" in an out-of-the-way spot.

Coming back to Manhattan in two weeks, with daughters (ages 20 and 16) and nephew age 25 and looking for another dinner spot.

While we are staying down on Canal Street and shopping around Spring Street, I consider us very mobile for a good dinner. I too realize that within 2+ weeks I may have difficulty getting into a spot I desire, unless it is a late or early dining time, but we are good late eaters.

Willing to enjoy a $50+ per person dining experience. I don't think my daughters yet would appreciate a $100 dining event. I'd consider their tastes to include: "american grill/steak", italian, and asian. (I don't have any good chinese/asian spot on my Manhattan list so that might be nice to experience.)

We are having brunch again at Balthazar on Sunday. The cinammon apple panackes my daughter enjoyed on the previous trip were so delicious and light and fluffy. Certainly easy to make that a regular stop it seems. Has anyone had dinner at Balthazar and care to comment? Just curious if dinner is also good.

Possible other stops recommended to me include (and these may be more casual I don't know):
Crispo - for affordable italian?
Il Bastardo at 7th and 21st for affordable italian?
Felidia - italian at west 58th?
Mumbles on 3rd Ave?
Amedeo Buona Sera - italian

And visiting the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory and/or Shake Shack if the line isn't too long.

Looking forward to comments and hope I wasn't too vague.

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243 E 58th St, New York, NY 10022

217 Eldridge St., New York, NY 10002

240 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

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191 7th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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  1. Do not go to Mumbles. Its no better than AppleBees.

    I would suggest Kuma Inn (BYOB) for Asian or Scarpetta for Italian

    Kuma Inn
    113 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

    179 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003

    355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

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    1. re: princeofpork

      I'd note that it's going to be hard to do Scarpetta for $50pp. You can get close if you do one appetizer (about $16), one pasta ($24), and one dessert ($11) each and skip the mains.

      355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

    2. Is that $50pp before tax and tip? Or after?

      If it is before, you could easily do Torrisi Italian Specialties (show up at 5:45pm to put your name down). I've also heard good things about Rubirosa. Both Torrisi and Rubirosa are more Italian-American.

      Another option is Peasant, which you can reserve on OpenTable. I assume you're dining on the 18th. I see a fair amount of availability for parties of 4 on that Saturday night.

      Balthazar is very good for brunch as well as dinner but you might have trouble getting a decent time at Balthazar on a weekend night, 2 weeks in advance.

      For Chinese, will your daughters eat roast pork and/or duck? Great NY Noodletown is cheap and has a bit of old school Chinatown atmosphere. The roast pig, roast suckling pig, and roast duck are all very good.

      Torrisi Italian Specialties
      250 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

      235 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

      1. l am one of the fans for dinner at Balthazar. For many years while breakfast was super, lunch and dinner suffered. After the chef from Payard joined the team. lunch and dinner are now wonderful.

        In the last year had two dinners, and three lunches, perfect Cotes du Boeuf, Skate, Brandade de morue, oysters l liked better than Oyster Bar, which were served with a 1995 Muscadet, heaven.

        80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

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        1. re: Delucacheesemonger

          $50+ per person before taxes and tips. Lets just say closer to $50 than $100.

          And THANK YOU so far for the comments. Kuma Inn looks interesting. My daughters might gasp at the ducks hanging in the window at NY Noodletown, but it would be good for them! Do chinese restaurants use chicken too besides pork and duck?

          1. re: iuspock

            Equal amounts of Chicken as pork, duck, beef and seafood.