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Three nights in September

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Heading to Manhattan to celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary in mid-Sept.

Spent the past week researching, and have reserved at the following (in parentheses are my no. 2s that I would appreciate some compare / contrast comments on):

Aside: I used OpenTable; is it better to call the restaurant directly?

Friday: Perilla (Aldea)

Saturday: Crispo (dell' anima)

Sunday: Standard Grill (Minetta Tavern)

I am trying for a certain amount of contrast in terms of menu and ambience, and to stay within $50pp for two courses.

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  1. I think Aldea is much better than Perilla.

    I think Minetta Tavern is infinitely better than Standard Grill.

    I think dell'anima is also a lot better than Crispo, although I understand that Crispo is for some reason a big board favorite so others no doubt disagree.

    1. Once you get the reservations, doesn't matter how you got them.

      Perilla vs. Aldea - ALDEA wins. Just more interesting food; re-interpreted Portuguese.

      Saturday: Crispo vs dell' anima. Dell'anima wins. Crispo is ham-fisted, loud and rough to me. d'a is more elegant and stylish imo.

      Sunday: Standard Grill vs Minetta Tavern. NO CONTEST - Minetta ALL THE WAY. Standard food is average.

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      1. re: thegforceny

        "Crispo is ham-fisted, loud and rough to me"

        Was under the impression that both d'a and MT are pretty loud. Is Crispo louder still? 7:30 res time.

      2. Aldea is more special than Perilla, which is a good neighborhood restaurant, but not really a destination.

        For dell'anima, if you are concerned about noise/crowdedness, ask for a sidewalk table.

        Minetta Tavern is excellent but hard to stay at $50pp. They are known for their steaks. And don't miss dessert, which is excellent.