Restaurants in East Village around 10th Street off Broadway
Looking for a good restaurant(s) in this area for a party of 4. It is a family dinner, so we want to be able to talk and hear each other. Any suggestions would be welcome. Just not steak houses.
Talking in Ippudo will be tough, it's a loud place and does your family want to eat ramen?
Knickerbocker is about 3 blocks away they have good fish and meat dishes , its quiet, an older crowd. Otto is on 5th Ave and 8th , so very nearby for pasta, pizza and such. Saigon Grill is on University and 10th for Vietnamese food. It's a nice big place. Il Cantinori is great Italian Food, right near your location. Da Andrea is also excellent Italian on 11th between 5th and 6th ( maybe 13th)..
There are more once you get to 6th ave. you have Terulia for Spanish, You have Neta on 8th St between 5th and 6th . Also Soto on 6th.
In very very close proximity there's Ippudo. If you're willing to walk a couple of blocks east and a couple of blocks south you have a plethora of Japanese choices (kaiseki, izakaya, ramen, you name it). Plenty of dessert options around as well.
Places like Yakitori Taisho or Kenka would be loud, but the more upscale places (Kyo-Ya, Soba-Ya, Robata-Ya, etc.) would definitely allow for conversation.
I like Cafe Orlin and Xi'an as well but those are gonna be a bit cramped for a comfortable family dinner. If you wanna trek all the way to the alphabets then your options are pretty much limitless.