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Dinner recommendations for 8 fun people in Tribeca

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Hello!
I'll be visiting NYC next month and staying in Tribeca. I'm trying to find a good place for dinner for 8 people total that is within walking distance from our hotel (Duane Street Hotel). We are in our 20's and 30's and we love all kinds of food - including inventive American cuisine and also ethnic cuisines like Japanese and Vietnamese. We will be celebrating someone's 40th birthday (ok so I guess that makes us in our 40s too!) so I want the atmosphere to be fun and less formal but still very good food. Price range would be about medium to high.

So far, I've considered Landmarc, Marc Forgione, and Sushi Azabu as options. What do you think of those places given the criteria I've shared above? Are there any other options that I should consider? Also, what about places for before- and after- dinner drinking? I checked out the Brandy Library which sounds awesome but our party appears to be too big for them.

Thanks for your help!!
Tracy

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Landmarc
179 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Brandy Library
25 N Moore St, New York, NY 10013

Marc Forgione
134 Reade Street, New York, NY 10013

Sushi Azabu
428 Greenwich St (basement), New York, NY 10013

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  1. I would go with Forgione. It's a beautiful restaurant, superb food, and fun too. To me Landmarc is a nice local to take the kids to, but I don't think it fits the bill for what you are looking for. Locanda Verde would be my second choice for what you describe. I highly recommend Weather Up for drinks. They have inventive cocktails and it's a lovely space with great service.

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    Landmarc
    179 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

    Marc Forgione
    134 Reade Street, New York, NY 10013

    Locanda Verde
    377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

    Weather Up
    159 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

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    1. re: mr_seabass

      Locanda Verde would be a great choice -- call ASAP, they start taking reservations 30 days in advance, and are pretty popular. The cocktails and the food are both excellent at LV and the atmosphere is boisterous. It's on the pricier side, though, if that is a consideration.

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      Locanda Verde
      377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

    2. Sushi Azabu is pretty small and quiet so I don't think it would be a good choice for your group.

      For cocktails pre- and post-dinner, there's Weather Up, Ward 3, and Silver Lining, all in Tribeca.

      http://weatherupnyc.com/
      http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2011/07...
      http://www.ward3tribeca.com/

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      Sushi Azabu
      428 Greenwich St (basement), New York, NY 10013

      Ward III
      111 Reade St, New York, NY 10013

      Weather Up
      159 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

      Silver Lining
      75 Murray St, New York, NY 10007

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      1. re: kathryn

        Thank you! Small and quiet is definitely not what we're looking for so that insight is good to know. Exactly the type of feedback I was hoping to get!! I hadn't read up on Locanda Verde but it sounds great so I'll check it out. Thanks again!!

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        Locanda Verde
        377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

      2. En Brasserie would be a good choice, but it may not be walking distance....
        Also, Omen in Soho.

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        En Japanese Brasserie
        435 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014

        Omen
        113 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

        1. My own favorite from among the discussion is Marc Forgione - great New American food, creative. High-end, hearty food with a neighborhoody vibe. Only thing I'd say is skip the cocktails (they're a little underwhelming, lean in the too-sweet direction) and go for a pre-meal drink at Ward III. If W-III is busy, Plein Sud has surprisingly good cocktails for a crappy restaurant, and they're right down the street.

          Landmarc, as many have said, is kind of a take-the-kids / family place. Food's good, for sure, but probably not the scene you're looking for.

          Locanda Verde is a good choice, too. Hard to say, between LV and MF which is better - just depends on the kind of food you feel like, really. Both great joints.

          David Burke Kitchen is also within walking distance and could be fun.

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          Landmarc
          179 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

          Marc Forgione
          134 Reade Street, New York, NY 10013

          Locanda Verde
          377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

          Ward III
          111 Reade St, New York, NY 10013

          Plein Sud
          85 W Broadway, New York, NY 10007

          David Burke Kitchen
          23 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

          1. I second the Weatherup rec - great place.

            Cercle Rouge has gotten good reports here for food. I've only been for drinks but it seems like a fun plqce for a group dinner.

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            Cercle Rouge
            241 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10013

            Weather Up
            159 Duane St, New York, NY 10013