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

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LEWSIDSMOM Mar 12, 2012 10:02 AM

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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    foodwhisperer Mar 12, 2012 06:46 PM

    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

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      RCC Mar 12, 2012 10:45 AM

      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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        Pan Mar 14, 2012 12:54 AM

        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. Cheeryvisage Mar 12, 2012 10:42 AM

        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

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          peter j Mar 12, 2012 10:20 AM

          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

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            kathryn Mar 12, 2012 10:11 AM

            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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              LEWSIDSMOM Mar 12, 2012 10:21 AM

              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!

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                kathryn Mar 12, 2012 10:39 AM

                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

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