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Oct 20, 2012 03:48 PM

dinner near Baryshnikov Arts Center, with vegan options

My husband and I will be attending an evening performance at the Baryshnikov Arts Center on Saturday Nov. 3. We'd like to have dinner in the area (preferably easy walking distance to BAC) either before or after the performance. We like almost any kind of food, but our vegan daughter may join us so there need to be at least a couple of options for her (preferably more than just ordering vegetables that are normally side dishes; she also does not eat raw vegetables--only cooked--so salad won't work for her). We visit NYC a couple of times a year so are prepared for high prices, but would prefer not to go someplace extremely expensive. Ethnic cuisine is fine.
Looking forward to your suggestions.

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  1. Interestingly, I'm going to the same performance two days before you are.

    I am not planning on eating anywhere NEAR the Baryshnikov Arts Center.

    1. You should tell us where that center is, as most of us probably are unaware of its existence. However, a web search turned up a location of 450 W. 37 St., between 9th and 10th Avs.

      Check the menu at Dafni, a Greek restaurant between 8th and 9th on 42 St.:

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      1. re: Pan

        Yes, that is the right address. Sorry I didn't give it originally--I just figured that locals would be familiar with the location. When we attended a performance there a few months ago I remember that we had to walk quite a long way to get to a restaurant, but in that case we were following our daughter, who had a specific place in mind and didn't mind a long walk. This time I would prefer to be closer.
        Dafni looks like a nice place and the menu works. I'd love to hear what people think of the food.
        Are there other places nearby?

        1. re: patdance

          I've liked the food at Dafni; otherwise, I wouldn't have recommended it. You can do a board search for Dafni to see what others have said about the place.

      2. Zen Palate - corner of 46th Street and 9th Ave - about a 10 minute walk to The Baryshnikov

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        1. re: jwnyc

          My daughter just told me she will not be able to join us for dinner on performance night (she is one of the performers), so that means we don't have to worry about vegan options. Dafni does sound good and it's pretty close, so we may go there anyway. We might consider Zen Palate for another meal with our daughter that weekend, although I think we ate there on another NYC visit 3-4 years ago and I was not thrilled.
          I'm still open to other suggestions close to BAC, now that we are not restricted by vegan requirements.

          1. re: patdance

            The Market Cafe is a favorite of mine - 9th Ave between 37th and 38th, Another one I like though a little further away is Trestle on Tenth - 10th Ave at 24th Street.

            1. re: patdance

              There is nothing remotely thrilling about Zen Palate. Go to Dirt Candy for your meal with your daughter.

            1. re: Scott_C

              Thanks, you've all given me some good suggestions. I've wanted to try Esca for a long time but have not had the chance on past visits to NYC--glad you reminded me. We can try more than one place for lunches and dinners because we'll be in the city Friday evening through Sunday afternoon. I will also need to look up posts on Harlem restaurants, because we're staying at Aloft Harlem (at or near 125th, I think).

              1. re: patdance

                Find out which avenues that's between. 125 St. is a long street (though there are plenty of buses on it and it's fun to walk on).

                1. re: Pan

                  It's on Frederick Douglass (the equivalent of 8th Ave or CPW further downtown).

                  You'll be in close walking distance to great snacking. Les Ambassades (solid pastries, not destination worthy, but a nice place to have nearby), Levain bakery (amazing cookies the size of your head), Lee Lee's (great rugelach, no frills old school Harlem bakery), Cornish or sausage pasties from Harlem Shambles, great steam table soul food at Manna's. Avoid the restaurants on Frederick Douglass (with the exception of Zoma, awesome Ethiopian, and maybe the new sushi place--haven't been/can't comment); Harlem Tavern is awful, Bier International is intolerably noisy, the burger place across the street from there is awful, and 5 & Diamond and Melba's aren't worth the $ and have pretty bad service. You can also head west to wonderful ramen at Jin Ramen, or barbecue at Dinosaur, or head east to Red Rooster (highly recommend reservations at Dinosaur or Red Rooster).

                  1. re: rose water

                    Also to your west, Pisticci is a very good neighborhood Italian restaurant, unless it's gone downhill since 2011 (the last times I was there).

                    1. re: Pan

                      Pan, Pisticci's menu looks good, and I like that it's "green." Will definitely consider this for lunch or dinner--there are even a couple of things my daughter can eat if she decides to join us for lunch.

                    2. re: rose water

                      I'm excited to hear that Levain is near the hotel--I've tried to go to the Upper West Side location on previous trips but never had time. I will definitely stop at the Harlem location! May also try to go to Red Rooster.
                      Our daughter used to live in Harlem on 125th St (I don't remember the cross street) but I'm having a hard time figuring out whether the hotel is in the same area. When she lived there we used to go to a nearby cafe-type place that I think was called the Harlem Tea Room--have you heard of it and do you know if it's the same area?

                1. re: valerie

                  Yes, I've heard Pio Pio is good but we have a lot of Peruvian chicken places near our home (suburban DC) and often have that for dinner, so would rather have some different restaurant experiences in NYC.