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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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  1. 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

    1. 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. 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

        1. 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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          1. re: sheio

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

            1. re: kathryn

              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!

          2. 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

            1. Balaboosta

              1. 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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                1. re: mike3183

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

                2. 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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                  1. re: foodwhisperer

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

                    or maybe they're Asian themselves.

                    1. re: Phil Ogelos

                      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.

                      1. re: foodwhisperer

                        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).

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