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This Fri or Sat: not too noisy

rteplow Mar 6, 2012 09:04 AM

My parents are making a spur-of-the-moment trip to NYC this weekend and want to have dinner someplace nice. Wishlist:

Not too noisy so that we can hear each other easily, but not so quiet that it's stuffy.

Lots of fish/vegetarian choices (my Dad keeps kosher and my Mom will eat beef, lamb or chicken but doesn't eat traif).

They're staying on the upper east side and I'm on the upper west. They probably don't want to go too far, but if it's a real destination place then maybe.

Not overpriced.

Thanks again, all.

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    kathryn RE: rteplow Mar 6, 2012 09:54 AM

    How much are you thinking of spending before tax, tip, and any wine/drinks?

    On a separate thread we were just discussing the appropriateness of Monkey Bar for a family meal:

    The menu may not have enough fish/vegetarian choices for you; however, there's no harm in calling to ask how they might be able to accomodate your parents' dietary restrictions.

    Judging from their OpenTable page, they still have availability for 4 people this Fri/Sat, which is promising.

    Monkey Bar
    60 E 54th St, New York, NY 10022

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      RGR RE: rteplow Mar 6, 2012 09:57 AM

      "Not overpriced" can be interpreted very differently depending on the depth of one's wallet. So, give us your per person budget for *food only*.


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        ukitali RE: rteplow Mar 6, 2012 09:59 AM

        I had to look up the word traif but if your mom doesn't eat traif doesn't that mean she keeps kosher as well? Sorry if I interpreted wrong. If your dad must eat kosher then you may be limited to the kosher board. I have noticed a lot of Indian restaurants in Curry Hill are kosher but I don't know any other off-hand.

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          RGR RE: ukitali Mar 6, 2012 10:16 AM

          ukitali, You are right to feel confused. The issue of those who keep kosher at home but have a different approach when dining out is complicated, and that discussion really belongs elsewhere on this forum.

          For many years, we kept kosher at home but had no restrictions at all when dining out. Others, like the parents here, have a limiting approach to dining out in non-kosher restaurants. The Dad will eat fish with scales (no shellfish like shrimp, lobster, clams, etc.) and vegetables, while the Mom will eat certain meats but no shellfish or pork.


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          foodwhisperer RE: rteplow Mar 6, 2012 08:50 PM

          Aqua Grill has great fish and is quiet , but they'd have to travel to Soho. Amali has good fish, nothing fancy, but fresh good fish and other dishes. Many Greek specialties and it is on the Upper East Side

          210 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

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