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synergy Feb 28, 2012 04:15 AM

We'll be floating SoHo this weekend with relatives from out of town. Haven't eaten down there in a while and would very much appreciate suggestions of restaurants to eat dinner at. Moderate price range, casual. I thought about the L'Ecole, but see that they changed their menu and how they offer meals on Saturdays. I don't think we'd get reservations this late for Lupa. Thought about going to Lombardi's so they can have some NY pizza, but read some pretty bad reviews lately. Looking for any type of food except asian. Chowhounders, can you help me?

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    synergy Feb 29, 2012 02:05 AM

    GREAT suggestions, everyone. THanks so much! Plenty of great choices.

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      foodwhisperer Feb 28, 2012 08:29 PM

      Lupa isn't SOHO, so if you are doing the W Village also, try Bar Pitti,( good italian, 3 blocks from soho)
      In Soho Acqua Grill, Osteria Morini, Lombardi is hit and miss,but being that you are coming from out of town, I think you will still find Lombardi's very good, even if they are not as good as they used to be. MoonCake ( Vietnamese), Lure(seafood), Grand Daisy bakery on Sullivan St ( great pizza especially the potato pizza), Niko ( japanese), Omen ( japanese), Balthazar ( Bistro), Pulino ( pizza, italian), Boqueria ( spanish tapas) Oops sorry I listed Asian food, maybe you havent had good Asian food, try some , you may like it.

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      Balthazar
      80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

      Aquagrill
      210 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

      Lure Fishbar
      142 Mercer St, New York, NY 10012

      Grandaisy Bakery
      73 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

      Bar Pitti
      268 6th Ave, New York, NY 10014

      Mooncake Foods
      28 Watts St, New York, NY 10013

      Lombardi's
      32 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

      Boqueria
      171 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

      Omen
      113 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

      Pulino's
      282 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

      Niko
      170 Mercer St, New York, NY 10012

      Osteria Morini
      218 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

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        Phil Ogelos Feb 29, 2012 05:46 AM

        "... sorry I listed Asian food, maybe you havent had good Asian food, try some , you may like it."

        or maybe they're Asian themselves.

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          foodwhisperer Feb 29, 2012 08:23 AM

          Phil, if they were Asian, they would certainly desire Asian food. I had Asian wife and Asian girlfriends. Asians love good French and Italian food but they especially enjoy good Asian food.

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            kathryn Feb 29, 2012 08:31 AM

            Not necessarily -- they might also think that NYC Asian food is badly done or too expensive in comparison to where they are coming from (LA, Vancouver, Taipei, whatever).

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        mike3183 Feb 28, 2012 02:09 PM

        I agree with The Dutch & Osteria Morini but one nobody said, and probably the best pizza in that area these days, is Rubirossa. Such a good place and great drinks to boot.

        But the Dutch for the most vibrant scene

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        Rubirosa
        235 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

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          chompchomp Feb 28, 2012 05:59 PM

          yo homie, I said Rubirosa up top. not to get all proprietary or anything. ;)

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          Simon Feb 28, 2012 12:30 PM

          Balaboosta

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            Linsybee1 Feb 28, 2012 12:06 PM

            I am a fan of La Esquina, its Mexican but more sophisticated, cool atmosphere and good food...bonus is that there are 3 different parts to the restaurant that range from super casual, to casual, to more on the fancy side, check it out.

            Another option that comes to mind is Lure-good seafood, nice atmosphere, not cheap but not crazy expensive either.

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            La Esquina
            106 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012

            Lure Fishbar
            142 Mercer St, New York, NY 10012

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              sheio Feb 28, 2012 08:05 AM

              If you're looking for a quieter restaurant I would recommend Rouge et Blanc. The "fatty lamb ribs" were exactly as advertised and incredibly tender and flavorful, and the restaurant offers an interesting caramelhttp://chowhound.chow.com/topics/836136#ized foie gras for dessert.

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              Rouge et Blanc
              48 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

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                kathryn Feb 28, 2012 08:45 AM

                How "Asian" is Rouge et Blanc? The OP said '"any type of food except Asian."

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                  sheio Feb 28, 2012 09:13 AM

                  I'd say Rouge et Blanc seems much more French than Vietnamese, but of course if the "Vietnamese-inspired" menu doesn't appeal then there are plenty of great options nearby. Great suggestions from everyone above!

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                kathryn Feb 28, 2012 06:38 AM

                You might still be able to get a reservation at Rubirosa, Peasant or Public, in Nolita, dependent on the number of people in your party and when you wish to eat.

                You may not be able to get into the Dutch given that you're planning on Tuesday for a Saturday dinner.

                Boqueria doesn't take reservations except for larger groups (6+ people), so you may end up waiting a while.

                If you have 5 or more people, try to make a reservation at Blue Ribbon Brasserie.

                Osteria Morini is kind of loud/crowded, although I believe they have installed some soundproofing, so the noise may have gotten better.

                You might also want to look into Hundred Acres, Five Points, or Forcella (pizza).

                Some more ideas here in Nolita, Noho, and Soho:
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/834588

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                Five Points
                31 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012

                Blue Ribbon Brasserie
                97 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

                Peasant
                194 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012

                Public
                210 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012

                Hundred Acres
                38 MacDougal St., New York, NY 10012

                Boqueria
                171 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

                Osteria Morini
                218 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

                The Dutch
                131 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

                Rubirosa
                235 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

                Forcella
                334 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

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                  peter j Feb 28, 2012 05:29 AM

                  Jean Claude
                  The Dutch
                  Osteria Morini
                  Jane
                  Raoul's

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                  Jane
                  100 West Houston Street, New York, NY 10012

                  Raoul's
                  180 Prince St., New York, NY 10012

                  Jean Claude
                  137 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

                  Osteria Morini
                  218 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

                  The Dutch
                  131 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

                  1. chompchomp Feb 28, 2012 05:22 AM

                    Boqueria, Emporio, Rubirosa. (last 2 are in nolita).

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                    Boqueria
                    171 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

                    Emporio
                    231 Mott Street, New York, NY 10012

                    Rubirosa
                    235 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

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