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Jul 17, 2012 12:10 PM

12 & Market: Walking Distance

Meeting out of town friends here for the bridge tournament at the Marriot.

Appreciate all suggestions for a quiet dinner, earlyish, maybe 6:30pm this Friday, that will be easy to get to.

JUst not familiar with the good options in this area.

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  1. Midtown Village is 2 blocks away, you have Barbuzzo, Jamonera, Zavino, Sampan, Time, Lolita, El Vez. None of them are what I'd call quiet though. A block further south and you've got Fish and Vedge, both of those are quiet. Vedge is one of my favorite places in the city right now. I had one meal at the new Fish shortly after they reopened in their current location and it was very good, I haven't been back since though so I haven't been since the recent closing/reopening turmoil there.

    Chinatown is right there too.

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    1. re: Buckethead

      Its Friday.... going to be packed. If quiet is the requisite.. go to Vietnam Palace.

      Vedge is getting real hard to get into. I was only able to grab a last minute reservation at 5:15 for tomrrow. Really looking forward to it. I bet if you want to go there, you will be restricted to eating at the bar which is not a bad option.

      I am not a big fan of Barbuzzo in the summer, especially if you are sitting at the counter, near the stove. Stiffling. And Barbuzzo is anything but quiet.

    2. Just did a quick search of Open Table to see what's available then within a half mile of 12th and Market... there are some good choices. I tried to weed out the noisy ones, but my apologies if some of these are noisy and I'm not just remembering my experience to be noisy:
      Farm & Fisherman
      10 Arts

      Places I've never been that might fit the bill:
      Farmer's Cabinet
      Vedge (if you're willing to eat at 5pm)

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      1. re: urbanfabric

        I've never been to Farmer's Cabinet but the chef and quite a bit of the rest of the staff just quit this week, now may not be the best time.

        10 Arts took a steep dive after Jen Carroll left, I haven't been recently and don't plan to change that.

        1. re: Buckethead

          Because quiet is more important to us than Chow, when catching up with old friends, Vietnam Palace is going to be perfect. Also, we met these people at a vegetarian resort
          in Italy, so the veggie choices will definitely appeal to our friends, as well as to us.
          Great suggestion!

          1. re: Bashful3

            I agree with CD; Vietnam Palace would be the quietest and most pleasant.
            And it's right on north 11th Street.

            Russet (whose food is delicious) is very noisy. So is Estia.
            I remember Sampan as being fairly quiet.

            Quiet is hard to find these days!