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Need place for latish (9 - 9:30pm) dinner within easy taxi drive from Convention Center

MermaidCT Aug 16, 2012 08:14 AM

I"ll be in town Aug 18 - 22 - need a place for Sun pm for a latish (arriving around 9) dinner - any cuisine (but Italian would be good!) Moderately / not too too spendy - Any thoughts appreciated - thanks!

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    cwdonald Aug 16, 2012 08:17 AM

    You are very close to Chinatown. I would probably recommend Vietnam or Vietnam Palace as an easy choice.

    A quick walk down 13th street and you have several fine restaurants to choose from, including Barbuzzo (italian/mediteranean), Jamonera (tapas) or Zavino (artisan pizza and wine bar.)

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    1. re: cwdonald
      BelgianBeerMistress Aug 16, 2012 10:06 AM

      I second zavino. but it's very tight in there.

      1. re: BelgianBeerMistress
        cwdonald Aug 16, 2012 10:48 AM

        BBM, you make a good point about Zavino, do you have any idea if it slows down at a particular time?

        1. re: cwdonald
          bluehensfan Aug 16, 2012 11:18 AM

          I doubt Zavino would be all that crowded that time on a Sunday night. And you could always eat at the bar. It's really good there.

      2. re: cwdonald
        urbanfabric Aug 16, 2012 11:36 AM

        I bet at that time on a Sunday night you could walk into all three of those places, especially if you're on your own. I haven't tried Jamonera, but I've been to the other two, Zavino being slightly more casual (in price/atmosphere/menu) than Barbuzzo. Maybe in that it just takes itself less seriously. But you can't really lose on that corridor. Even if you decide you just want to eat gelato at Capogiro and get a beer at Fergie's for dinner.

        1. re: urbanfabric
          Buckethead Aug 16, 2012 12:33 PM

          This won't help the OP because they're not open for dinner on Sundays, but on the topic of "can't lose on that corridor" I tried The Corner (a couple doors north of Lolita) for the first time recently and liked it a lot.

          1. re: Buckethead
            barryg Aug 16, 2012 01:26 PM

            What did you get? I went for dinner a couple months ago and everything we ate fell flat. I remember getting the salt cod hushpuppies, mac and cheese and collard greens.. the green were notably bad. The cocktail I had (Penicillin) was ok but definitely worst rendition I've had in town.

            1. re: barryg
              Buckethead Aug 16, 2012 01:35 PM

              We had totally different things: fried pickles, the KC rib special, a fried green tomato appetizer. The rib dish was very good, served with a nice german potato salad and fresh cole slaw. It wasn't my new favorite place in the city or anything but I'd go back.

            2. re: Buckethead
              bluehensfan Aug 16, 2012 02:22 PM

              It looks like they are open until 10 on Sundays.

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          annebw Aug 16, 2012 12:22 PM

          there's also Opa - a Greek place near Capogiro - also walking distance. Very cool vibe, pretty people and good food.

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