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Looking for "neighborhood finds" in the mid-town/downtown area - Seafood, Italian, American Nouveau

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Spending the weekend in NYC and looking for suggestions for off the beaten path restaurants... been to many popular NYC restaurants (Esca, Babbo, Keene etc) but looking for ideas of those neighborhood-type places that may not be as popular but the food is delicious. Price point open but looking for reasonable (entrees between $20 - $30). I've read many of the posts over the years (LOVE Chowhound!!!!) but I don't see as many posts related to the off-the-beaten-path type places. Love any and all suggestions. Thanks for your help!

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  1. Hi LEWSIDSMOM, when is your trip to NYC? Some neighborhood-type places are still popular enough to require a reservation, maybe 1-2 weeks in advance.

    Others don't take reservations at all. Are you OK with waiting for a table at a smaller, neighborhood restaurant?

    Off the top of my head:
    Seafood - Pearl Oyster Bar, Jeffrey's Grocery (your price point will be harder to do w/ seafood here I think)
    Italian - Peasant, Sorella, Dell'anima, L'Artusi, Po, Hearth
    New American - maybe Joseph Leonard, Prune, Little Owl, Perilla, perhaps

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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

    Hearth
    403 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10009

    Little Owl
    90 Bedford Street, New York, NY 10014

    Peasant
    194 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012

    Dell'Anima
    38 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10003

    Prune
    54 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003

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

    Sorella
    95 Allen St, New York, NY 10002

    Joseph Leonard
    170 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

    Jeffrey's Grocery
    172 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

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    1. re: kathryn

      Kathyrn, thanks so much for your reply! We are coming up at the end of the month so I'm hoping I'll still be able to get reservations at some places. In the absence of reservations, we are fine waiting for a table especially if they have a small bar (adult beverages always help! :-).... Price point is really very open - it will not be a deterent. Thanks again for your help!

      1. re: LEWSIDSMOM

        You're welcome.

        You may find that some of our smaller, neighborhood restaurants have either tiny 2-3 seat bars (Po, Prune), or the restaurant is so small that the "bar" has just been turned into part of the regular dinner seating (Little Owl, Clinton St Baking Company).

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        Po
        31 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014

        Little Owl
        90 Bedford Street, New York, NY 10014

        Prune
        54 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003

        Clinton Street Baking Co.
        4 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

    2. Monument Lane
      Luke's Lobster
      Tap Room at Colicchio and Sons
      The National
      Osteria Morini

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      Luke's Lobster
      93 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

      Colicchio & Sons
      85 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

      Osteria Morini
      218 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

      The National
      557 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022

      Monument Lane
      103 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10014

      1. I was just at Gentleman Farmer on Friday. Had a great meal! It's very off-the-beaten-path yet serves delicious food. The menu features some rather unusual fare too. My brief review and photos here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7363...

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        Gentleman Farmer
        40 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

        1. La Sirene for good, rustic Provencal/SW French foods.

          We like Wild Edibles Restaurant, in our neighborhood, for some of the freshest seafood anywhere in the city.

          http://www.lasirenenyc.com/

          http://www.wildedibles.com/menu.cfm

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          Wild Edibles
          535 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

          La Sirene
          558 Broome Street, New York, NY 10013

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          1. re: RCC

            La Sirene is a great suggestion. It truly is off the beaten path, and it's really authentic food with soul. It's not cheap, but as I recall, most of their mains are within the original poster's limits.

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            La Sirene
            558 Broome Street, New York, NY 10013

          2. Italian- D'Andrea ( W. Village)
            Bar Pitti ( w. Village)
            Greenwich Grill ( italian/japanese) Tribeca
            Seafood: Ed's Lobster Bar ( Soho)
            aqua grill ( soho)
            Mary's fish camp ( W. Village)
            Bistro/ French: Paradou ( Meat Market)
            Cercle Rouge ( Tribeca)
            Lucien ( East Village)
            Asian: Moon cake ( Soho) -good lobster rolls
            Kori ( tribeca) korean

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            Da Andrea
            35 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011

            Ed's Lobster Bar
            222 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

            Mary's Fish Camp
            64 Charles St, New York, NY 10014

            Aquagrill
            210 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

            Kori
            253 Church St, New York, NY 10013

            Paradou
            8 Little West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014

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

            Mooncake Foods
            28 Watts St, New York, NY 10013

            Lucien
            14 1st Ave, New York, NY 10009

            Cercle Rouge
            241 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10013

            Greenwich Grill
            428 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10013