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Need recommendation for moderately-priced East Side restaurant, Gramercy or below

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Looking for tasty creative food anywhere between Gramercy and the LES. Here are the rules: no seafood-centric menus, and it needs to be possible to get a table on a Saturday night (12/17). Fave restaurants in the area are Momofuku Ssam, Perbacco, and Union Square Cafe, but looking to try something new. Suggestions, anyone?

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  1. How much are you willing to spend, per person, before tax, tip, wine/drinks?

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    1. re: kathryn

      I'd like to keep entrees under $30. Was thinking of maxing out at $70 pp w/ 3 courses and one glass of wine, including tip.

    2. Do you want a specific cuisine? How many people will be in your party?

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      1. re: RGR

        No specifics in mind, and it's just the two of us. I don't live in the city anymore, but the friend I'm meeting - who actually does live there - still relies on me to introduce her to cool new restaurants. The Redhead's no-rez policy is a nonstarter for us, but Kafana looks interesting...

      2. How about:
        The Redhead
        Kafana
        edie and the wolf
        Hecho en Dumbo

        I like them all, they are all different from each other, and from the norm, although The Redhead is a pretty standard american south comfort food, done well though. Not sure if any take reservations, but I have never had a problem, I usually eat dinner after 10 on sats though...

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        Kafana
        116 Ave C, New York, NY 10009

        The Redhead
        349 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003

        Hecho en Dumbo
        354 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

        Edi & the Wolf
        102 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009

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        1. re: Hey19

          The Redhead only takes reservations for parties of 6 before 6 pm and can get pretty busy during peak times on the weekends.

          1. re: Hey19

            Any input on Saxon & Parole, which looks intriguing?

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            Saxon + Parole
            316 Bowery, New York, NY 10012