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Jul 19, 2011 11:02 AM

Restaurant suggestions for Manhattan this weekend

Hello New Yorkers!

I used to live in the big city and have since moved back to DC. I'm visiting this weekend for the first time in over a year, and want to go out for a good dinner in Manhattan. I really like places like Prune that have solid food and are just great intimate restaurants, but am interested in trying something new (am open to all parts of the city for suggestions). Does anyone have suggestions / recommendations of places to try? I'd like to keep price to below $100 per person for food.

Thanks for your help!

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  1. Is this for Friday or Saturday?

    How many people are in your party? If it's just you, do you prefer dining at a bar/counter or a table?

    Are you OK with a long wait or do you prefer to make a reservation?

    Any cuisines that you really like or dislike? Any allergies? Aversions to specific foods?

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    1. re: kathryn

      Sorry - you have pointed out a ton of information I neglected to add!

      There will be 2 of us - me and my friend from HS. We prefer a table, would ideally have a reservation. I'll eat anything. She can't eat pork.

      1. re: LCDC

        If you like Prune, try the Spotted Pig or the Breslin for brunch. Neither takes reservations, but it should be manageable right now, as it is summer and many NYers are out of town. I think we waited maybe 10 minutes for a party of 4 at the Breslin this past Sunday. Both are Prune-esque in their creative brunch dishes.

        You might also be interested in Fedora, which is a revamp of an existing restaurant by Gabe Stulman, formerly of the Little Owl. It's my understanding that they didn't really change the space a whole lot so it retains it's old school NYC character, but the chef is excellent and has an Au Pied de Cochon pedigree. I loved their fried chicken with Sriracha on my last visit. It only takes same day reservations.

        I was also at Txikito this past Saturday night. It was quite good. They do Basque style tapas, and have quite a few options assuming your friend eats seafood, lamb, etc. Don't miss the blistered peppers, salt cod croquettes, fries with cod mayo. They are not on OpenTable and I find it often much easier to get last minute reservations at non-OT restaurant. You can call or email them. (To compare, I find it much tastier than Estadio and Jaleo in DC.)

        Spotted Pig
        314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

        Little Owl
        90 Bedford Street, New York, NY 10014

        239 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

        240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

        The Breslin
        20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

    2. Ciano near Gramercy Park has a wonderful atmosphere and the chicken (for two) is some of the best I've ever eaten. The app of polenta and meatballs is definitely worth trying and we had a terrific dessert but all I can remember about it is that it had lavender.

      45 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

      1. I'm assuming $100 is after tax & tip, but not including drinks? If so, you're looking at about a $75 menu price. A lot of good places in that price range.

        Looking at Opentable's openings for Friday & Saturday night, there's quite a lot that fit your criteria. My personal top picks of them:

        Marc Forgione: creative American cuisine, classic "neighborhood joint" warm ambience. The newest Iron Chef, too, FWIW.
        Falai: Northern Italian, modernist with rustic touches. Small place, upscale-but-neighborhoody vibe.
        Hearth: New American w/ Italian influences
        Vandaag: Local / seasonal through a Scandinavian lens. Excellent beer list and cocktails.

        Also might fit the bill:
        Apiary: lauded former chef from Veritas, great New American.
        Little Giant: Homey, slightly upscaled seasonal comfort food.

        Little Giant
        85 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002

        403 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10009

        43 East 20th St., New York, NY 10003

        68 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

        Marc Forgione
        134 Reade Street, New York, NY 10013

        60 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

        103 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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        1. re: sgordon

          Exactly - under $100 for food and then we'll do whatever else for drinks. Love the suggestions - thank you!

        2. Just wanted to close out with everyone. We ended up at Apiary, which was delicious! I highly recommend it.

          Thanks everyone for all of the recommendations - will definitely be checking many of those other restaurants out on future visits to NYC.

          60 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

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          1. re: LCDC

            Glad you liked it. And, since you're back in D.C., I'd suggest you think about looking at .... an excellent food board (of course, you might already know this)