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Dec 17, 2011 09:28 AM

Any good restos near Takashi?

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).


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  1. 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
    Frankie's 457

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

    This map may help:

    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).

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

    9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

    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

    228 West 10th Street, New York, NY 10014

    581 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

    551 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

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

    529 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

    3 Replies
    1. re: kathryn

      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

        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.

        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

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

    2. 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. I haven't been (but would like to go) to Empellon, but it's a fairly short walk:
        Empellon Taqueria
        230 West 4th Street
        New York, NY 10014
        Phone: 212.367.0999

        1. 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.

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