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Sep 16, 2011 04:41 PM

Weeknight Dinner general vicinity East village

Hoping for a suggestions for a dinner for next Wednesday evening. Just a thank you dinner and a chance to spend time with a former employee. For three people. Someplace with good food, comfortable, where you can have a conversation. We are very open to cuisine type, setting, etc. Someplace pretty or fun is a plus.
We are in the East Village. Anywhere around here, LES, even West Village is fine. Last time we did this Po was recommended to us and it worked out very well.

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  1. I have read very mixed reviews of Il Buco. Any suggestions for a better choice for a nice dinner -- not the highest of high end but moderately expensive ok, good food, pretty or interesting atmosphere? Any ideas would be well appreciated.

    Il Buco
    47 Bond St., New York, NY 10012

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    1. re: twochesters

      I did not find Il Buco very comfortable with its hard farmlike chairs. Some people like this kind of farmhouse atmosphere but I didn't think the food was so great either.

      For the East Village, Hearth is comfortable and not overly expensive (I find that wine and booze really jack up any restaurant bill). I also like a restaurant called Tree on First Avenue. If it's a warm evening, they have an outside patio that's relaxing. I enjoy their short ribs.

      403 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10009

      190 1st Ave, New York, NY 10009

    2. Thank you, Beau, very much. Unfortunately, no room at the inn at Hearth until 8:00, which won't work for our evening. Sitting outside at Tree sounds nice, but some rain is predicted for tomorrow night. Will show that info to my dining partners, though.
      Any other ideas, even a little farther afield, would be great too.

      1. Have you thought about Butter? I think its one of my favorites in that area. On weekends it can get loud, but I have always been comfy there having a conversational dinner during the week. And, I find they have very traditional dishes and then throw a few "chefy" things on the menu. So its god for any level of diner.

        The food is always very good. Its the only place where I will finish an entree sized pasta dish. I just can't stop eating the food there. I find the staff either amazing or non-existent there tho. :(

        415 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10018

        1. Thanks so much for the Butter suggestion. I'm glad to know about them and I'm sure will go over there -- it's close -- if not tonight, then another.
          Right now I am holding reservations at Apiary, which has a restaurant week menu, and Aquagrill. Any ideas about which is better, and which dishes to try?
          Thanks to all.

          210 Spring St, New York, NY 10012