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RIfoodie29 Jul 10, 2011 07:18 AM

I am meeting a group of friends (10 to 15) in the city for a Ben Harper show at Terminal 5 on a Saturday in October. I am looking for a restuarant in the area of the venue that people can reccomend.

These would be my preferences:

Comfortable atmosphere/casual dress

small plates if possible

unique foodie type food if possible

good beer selection

Reasonably priced (I am sure I will be dropping $10 per beer at the venue) - I guess I would describe reasonably priced as about $25 per person not including drinks.

Thanks in advance for the reccomendations

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Terminal 5
610 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

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    kathryn RE: RIfoodie29 Jul 10, 2011 08:16 AM

    You should know that Terminal 5 is kind of in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by car dealerships, so "in the area of the venue" will not yield a whole lot. You'll need to walk to 10th Avenue for options.

    Also I think there's a lot of small plates bars a short walk away that are wine focused, not beer focused. What's more important, a good beer selection or small plates/good food?

    Pony Bar isn't far but is known more for beer than its food selection. Ardesia is a small plate/wine bar pretty close by, too, but their beer selection is small.

    See also:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/723380
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7763...
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/758602
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/670150

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    Pony Bar
    637 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

    Ardesia
    510 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

    Terminal 5
    610 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

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      RIfoodie29 RE: kathryn Jul 10, 2011 04:05 PM

      Thanks for the recommendation. The food is much more important than the drinks. Ardesia looks good. Have you eaten there?

      Any other reccomendations?

      A 10 minute walk would be fine.

      Also any opinions about Eatery NYC http://www.eaterynyc.com/Home_Page.html

      Last time I needed a pre-concert dinner I went to the Waterfront Ale House and it was perfect. Went there twice last year an loved it both times.

      Thanks again- Matt

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      Waterfront Ale House
      540 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10016

      Ardesia
      510 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

    2. goodhealthgourmet RE: RIfoodie29 Jul 10, 2011 04:26 PM

      ooh, lucky you! he puts on one hell of a show.

      there's a great little Turkish place called Hanci just a couple of blocks away on 10th Ave between 56th & 57th.

      or Casellula on 52nd for small plates.

      and there's been some buzz about a Korean small plates restaurant called Danji...

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      Casellula
      401 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

      Hanci
      854 10th Ave, New York, NY 10019

      Danji
      346 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

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        Windy RE: goodhealthgourmet Jul 11, 2011 10:30 PM

        I had a great dinner at Danji. Highly recommended (tartare, fresh tofu, a modern jap chae, and cold buckwheat noodles with whelk). It's quite small though. Not sure they could accommodate such a large group.

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        Danji
        346 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

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          goodhealthgourmet RE: Windy Jul 11, 2011 10:50 PM

          oof. i *completely* spaced on the size of their group! i was too focused on my envy over the concert to take note of the number of people attending ;) thanks for pointing it out.

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        RIfoodie29 RE: RIfoodie29 Jul 12, 2011 04:34 PM

        Right now I am leaning towards Ardessa because of the menu and pedigree. I will check out the menu at the Korean small plates place as well.

        Thanks again

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          RIfoodie29 RE: RIfoodie29 Jul 12, 2011 04:37 PM

          OK the menu at Danji looks great. One of the people in my party obsesses pork buns. A couple of others are asian food fanatics. I am confused. What are the prices like at Danji?

          No word on the Eatery?

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          Danji
          346 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

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            Windy RE: RIfoodie29 Jul 12, 2011 04:57 PM

            The prices are fine (9-15 a plate), but portions are small. I spent $50 including a glass or two of sake and tip.

            The real issue is the size of the restaurant. Call and see if more than 4 people is even possible on a Saturday.

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              RIfoodie29 RE: Windy Jul 14, 2011 05:19 PM

              Windy - Thanks,

              I will call Danji once I have a head count of attendees it seems like I can't go wrong with Danji or Ardesia.

              I love Chowhound

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              Ardesia
              510 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

              Danji
              346 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

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                michelleats RE: Windy Jul 15, 2011 10:41 AM

                Windy, went last night and found some portions to be very generous, actually (steak tartare, "paella" with chorizo and an optional fried egg over top -- $16 each). I really enjoyed the food, though the place was hectic and it was loud enough that it was difficult to converse at times. I'll write something more comprehensive up, eventually.

                For now, I just wanted to thank you for the excellent tip!!

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                Danji
                346 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

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                  Windy RE: michelleats Jul 15, 2011 11:18 AM

                  Isn't that tartare good? I was in NY visiting an old friend, who took me there. Nice wines by the glass. I also loved the fresh tofu.

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                    InfoMofo RE: Windy Jul 15, 2011 11:55 AM

                    What? I was just there on Monday, but I totally missed the tofu. That's as good an excuse to go back as any, I guess!

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                      Windy RE: InfoMofo Jul 15, 2011 04:03 PM

                      Double-checked the menu in case I was hallucinating. (I ate at a lot of different spots in Manhattan that week.)

                      I think it's kimchi, tofu w. grilled pork belly* sam-kyup-sal doobu kimchi but we may have also ordered the tofu with ginger scallion dressing.

                      Hope you like it as much as I did.

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                        michelleats RE: Windy Jul 17, 2011 05:07 PM

                        I think the tofu with ginger scallion dressing has deep fried, probably non-fresh tofu. I almost ordered this dish because it sounded as though it might be fresh, silken tofu dressed with soy sauce and scallions (one of my favorite things to eat in the summer). The waiter told me the tofu was deep fried, though.

                        Sorry to spring a pop quiz on you, but do you remember how the kimchi, tofu and grilled pork belly dish was served? Was it all cooked together in a braise or was each component served separately?

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                          Windy RE: michelleats Jul 17, 2011 05:12 PM

                          The tofu was a white mound on the plate (a very good mound) with the kim chee in a pile next to it. Cold or room temperature, not sure. I seem to be eating a lot of Korean these days.

                          The pork belly was folded into the kim chee--I discovered it by accident. Which is fine; I'm kind of overdosed on pork belly these days.

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                            michelleats RE: Windy Jul 17, 2011 05:24 PM

                            Thanks! That sounds really good. Actually, that sounds like the most pressing reason I've heard yet, to get back to Danji -- even more of a motivation than the sliders.

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                            Danji
                            346 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

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                              Windy RE: michelleats Jul 17, 2011 05:26 PM

                              Don't miss the buckwheat noodles with whelk (whatever whelk is--barnacles that grow on boats?).

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                                michelleats RE: Windy Jul 17, 2011 05:49 PM

                                I have to admit I usually like looking at whelk more than I like eating them. I've never met one (in my mouth) that wasn't a bit too rubbery for my tastes. If you thought this dish was really stellar, though, I'll give it a try. You've ID'd a lot of winners so far.

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                                  Windy RE: michelleats Jul 17, 2011 07:15 PM

                                  The pieces were small--not sure if that's typical for a whelk--like a tiny clam. So not rubbery, but might still not be your thing.

                                  I love all those crunchy and slimy mollusks. Except maybe mussels.

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              thegforceny RE: RIfoodie29 Jul 15, 2011 10:53 AM

              Daisy May's BBQ
              Taboon

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              Daisy May's BBQ
              623 11th Ave, New York, NY 10036

              Taboon
              773 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

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                uncledunkel RE: RIfoodie29 Jul 19, 2011 04:44 AM

                I'd go to Toloache

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                Toloache
                251 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019

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