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bxgirl Jun 19, 2011 02:44 PM

My husband and I are being treated to a higer-end dinner in the W. Village. Price is not much of an issue. We prefer American or Italian food, and definitely do not want anything spicy.
We have been to Gotham (always love it), Perry St, Otto, DelPosto, Blue Hill and other area restaurants.
Our host appreciates fine food and drink, and I am just at a loss as to where to go. This will be for a weeknight in mid-July, if that matters.
Any thoughts? Should we do a repeat of one of the restaurants we've already been to? Any ideas for something new?
We usually default to Gotham, but would love love some new place to try.
Oh, we do not want anything in the Meatpacking district.
Thanks

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Blue Hill
75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

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  1. loratliff Jun 19, 2011 03:11 PM

    If you've enjoyed Blue Hill, you would probably also like Market Table and Little Owl.

    Other good options that immediately come to mind: Annisa (has an Asian twist, but very good), Perilla, Po (Italian), and Hotel Griffou.

    I'll post back if I think of anything else.

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    Perilla
    9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

    Po
    31 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014

    Blue Hill
    75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

    Little Owl
    90 Bedford Street, New York, NY 10014

    Market Table
    54 Carmine Street, New York, NY 10014

    Annisa
    13 Barrow Street, New York, NY 10014

    Hotel Griffou
    21 W 9th St, New York, NY 10011

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      rrems Jun 19, 2011 04:51 PM

      Definitely Annisa.

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        thegforceny Jun 19, 2011 05:31 PM

        L'artusi and dell'anima for Italian. Lots of great options in West Village. I'd forego Hotel Griffou though.

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        Dell'Anima
        38 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10003

        L'Artusi
        228 West 10th Street, New York, NY 10014

        Hotel Griffou
        21 W 9th St, New York, NY 10011

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          rrems Jun 19, 2011 08:41 PM

          Why forego Griffou? Have you been there in the last few months, since the current chef took over? The food is excellent.

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            thegforceny Jun 20, 2011 08:19 AM

            Fair enough. I don't know who was chef when I last ate there. It was average and overpriced. The menu I had offered lamb tartare which was horrible.

            I know people who had worked there - practically the entire staff left (at least FOH). And the fact they were offering deals on buckets of chicken via Groupon did not spell success to me.

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              rrems Jun 20, 2011 08:35 AM

              A change of chefs can transform a restaurant. In this case it certainly has. It's important to know these things so we don't give information that is now obsolete.

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                peter j Jun 20, 2011 08:40 AM

                Agreed. And even of the chef is still at the restaurant, any opinions based on visits several months (or years) ago should be qualified accordingly.

                Fwiw, I did enjoy my recent meals at Hotel Griffou.

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                Hotel Griffou
                21 W 9th St, New York, NY 10011

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                  thegforceny Jun 20, 2011 09:09 AM

                  I have no vendetta against HG, just didn't like the food. I do love the setting and crowd.
                  My visit was in March 2011.

                  The "Angry Bird" special was offered via several coupon sites in late April:

                  http://newyork.nearsay.com/nyc/west-v...

                  Make of it what you will, because, as you know, it is soooo important to know these things...

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                    rrems Jun 20, 2011 09:29 AM

                    Is there something wrong with their offering a special deal on fried chicken for
                    Sunday brunch? The brunch has received substantial praise on this board, though only having been for dinner I can't advise on it. Again, if the food you did not like was from a different chef, why is it relevant? There have been various discounts offered by this restaurant. Perhaps it is to attract more customers to try out the new, improved food?

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            InfoMofo Jun 20, 2011 08:53 AM

            I still love Babbo, particularly if someone else is paying...

            I also like Annisa, but Iit's definitely not traditional italian/american if that's what you're going for.

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            Babbo
            110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

            Annisa
            13 Barrow Street, New York, NY 10014

            1. sgordon Jun 20, 2011 09:27 AM

              Colicchio & Sons might be worth a look. Also, if you're willing to go a little further South, Marc Forgione. And of course, Babbo, if you can get a reservation.

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              Babbo
              110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

              Marc Forgione
              134 Reade Street, New York, NY 10013

              Colicchio & Sons
              85 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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                LouisM Jun 21, 2011 10:30 AM

                Annisa should definitely be considered. How about Wallse?

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                Wallse
                344 W. 11th St., New York, NY 10014

                Annisa
                13 Barrow Street, New York, NY 10014

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                bxgirl Jun 22, 2011 07:34 AM

                Thank you all l for the great recs. I think the menu at Annisa is a bit too non-traditional for our host, but will consider it for another time. I will definitely consider Babbo and Market Table
                Collichio and Sons and Little Owl are also on my radar.
                Thanks

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                Babbo
                110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

                Little Owl
                90 Bedford Street, New York, NY 10014

                Market Table
                54 Carmine Street, New York, NY 10014

                Annisa
                13 Barrow Street, New York, NY 10014

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                  kathryn Jun 22, 2011 12:48 PM

                  Babbo is so popular, and reservations go quickly, so I'd call ASAP. They begin taking reservations one month in advance to the calendar day (i.e. today is 6/22 and they started taking reservations for 7/22).

                  Little Owl is tiny, and most likely you'll only get a very early or very late reservation. I'd call ASAP if you wish to go there. For example, for 4 people on Monday, 7/18, OpenTable shows Little Owl has 5:45pm. They may hold tables back from OT though.

                2. chompchomp Jun 22, 2011 12:12 PM

                  Our friends recently treated us to Recette and it was excellent.

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                  Recette
                  328 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014

                  1. ChefJune Jun 22, 2011 12:46 PM

                    Jonathan Waxman's Barbuto is both Italian and delicious!

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                    Barbuto
                    775 Washington St., New York, NY 10014

                    1. MWinston Jun 27, 2011 11:18 AM

                      How about Crispo on 14th?

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                      Crispo
                      240 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

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                        rrems Jun 27, 2011 12:05 PM

                        Crispo is not "higher-end".

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