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Any good restos near Takashi?

linguafood Dec 17, 2011 09:28 AM

Plan is to have dinner @Takashi this coming Monday. Given its small space & heightened popularity (thx, AB), we may not be able to score a table for 4. My buddy said there are plenty of other places on Hudson St nearby.... I don't necessarily trust his opinion, so I was hoping you could throw out some suggestions. Pretty open cuisine-wise, can't be too expensive ($50-$100/person incl. tax & tip, with a pref for the lower end).

TIA.

  1. linguafood Dec 21, 2011 08:31 AM

    Well... Takashi was pretty much exactly how I expected, after having been mentioned on national TV: packed to the rafters. As we ended up being 'just' 3 people, we hadn't made a rez and there would have been an hour wait.

    Red Farm was equally packed, with a huge table in the middle occupied by a large party fawning over Michael Symon, who was beaming at the head of the table. Feh.

    Hudson Clearwater had a private party going on.

    Ended up at Fatty Cue, which was a-ok. Ate at the bar and split the rather small and overpriced dishes while listening to the cute bartender wax poetic about living in the Financial District.

    The half-pound bacon and the brisket were probably the best dishes & not nearly as skimpy as the other portions, thankfully.

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    Fatty 'Cue
    50 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

    1. d
      deesher Dec 21, 2011 06:15 AM

      I haven't been (but would like to go) to Empellon, but it's a fairly short walk:

      http://empellon.com/
      Empellon Taqueria
      230 West 4th Street
      New York, NY 10014
      Phone: 212.367.0999

      1. l
        lulumoolah Dec 20, 2011 07:37 PM

        Hudson Clearwater. You may end up at the bar depending on how busy it is, but I think it's doable for 4 ppl. Hudson Clearwater is about a block away from Takashi. Mercadito is nearby as well on 7th Ave,

        August I think is nearby. Commerce, Fatty Crab, and Barbuto are a further walk...if you are in the mood.

        1. k
          kathryn Dec 17, 2011 11:03 AM

          Takashi takes reservations for parties of 4 or greater; did you try calling and asking for a table?

          You can easily walk up or down Hudson Street to:

          En Japanese Brasserie
          RedFarm
          Frankie's 457

          I've also heard good things about Mémé and Spasso.

          This map may help:
          http://nymag.com/restaurants/features...

          Also nearby are Little Owl and L'Artusi. A little further away, but not much, are places on Downing (Mas Farmhouse, Blue Ribbon Bakery, etc) or Cornelia Street (Pearl Oyster Bar, Po) or Jones Street (Perilla).

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          Pearl Oyster Bar
          18 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014

          Perilla
          9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

          Po
          31 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014

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

          Little Owl
          90 Bedford Street, New York, NY 10014

          Blue Ribbon Bakery
          33 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

          Mas (Farmhouse
          )39 Downing St, New York, NY 10014

          L'Artusi
          228 West 10th Street, New York, NY 10014

          Meme
          581 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

          Spasso
          551 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

          Frankies 570 Spuntino
          570 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

          RedFarm
          529 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

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          1. re: kathryn
            linguafood Dec 17, 2011 11:08 AM

            Thanks so much! As usual, you are a treasure trove of information!!

            I had no idea (obvy) they take reservations. I'll have to see and make sure our 4th person will in fact be joining us.

            But it's *really* great to know of these alternatives!

            You wouldn't be able to also recommend a nice bar near Annisa, where we'll be celebrating our wedding anniversary on Tuesday?

            1. re: linguafood
              k
              kathryn Dec 17, 2011 11:35 AM

              Employees Only and Little Branch would be closest.

              LB opens at 7pm, EO at 6pm. I find the atmosphere better at EO but the drinks better at LB.

              Also Pegu Club is a good choice but a little further away.

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              Little Branch
              22 Seventh Ave South, New York, NY 10014

              Employees Only
              510 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

              Pegu Club
              77 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012

              1. re: kathryn
                linguafood Dec 17, 2011 11:45 AM

                Thanks again! Maybe we'll start off at EO and then move on to LB :-)

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