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cortez Nov 16, 2012 10:39 AM

Coming to NYC from Napa with my wife in January for a 5 night visit, staying near Columbus Circle. We have several favorites in that general neighborhood (eg Nougatine, Marea, Bar at the Modern), but always like to try new places at well.

In the West Village, we'd love to find a small, intimate place for dinner. Have enjoyed The Little Owl and Spotted Pig in the past. Any thoughts?

In the Meatpacking/Chelsea area, we're looking for a fun and delicious lunch or dinner locale not far from the art galleries in the West 20's. Not too interested in the big places (Morimoto, Colicchio, Del Posto). Very flexible on style, cuisine and price points.

Thanks for your recommendations.

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    thegforceny Nov 16, 2012 11:14 AM

    Recent - very recent - threads

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/877929

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/876872

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      LivingTheVillage Nov 20, 2012 12:41 PM

      West Village
      Malaparte: tucked away, casual, cozy, helmed by "real" Italians.
      Frankie's on Hudson St: Slightly more upscale, similar style
      Wallse: Contemporary food w/ Austrian influence, has 1 M star but feels casual w/ neighborhood vibe

      Chelsea
      Tia Pol: best tapas in NYC

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        kathryn Nov 20, 2012 02:32 PM

        Disagree about Tia Pol. It is good, but not great, some of the dishes are hit or miss, or fail in execution (I've had overcooked fish there). I prefer other places, like Txikito, even though Txikito is more expensive. I would say Txikito or Tertulia is the best in town. I find both of these to be better than Tia Pol, Las Ramblas, Boqueria, Casa Mono, or Mercat.

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        Alicebean Nov 20, 2012 05:13 PM

        Cookshop is lovely for lunch or dinner and right near the Chelsea galleries.

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          thegforceny Nov 20, 2012 07:08 PM

          Cookshop is barely even good for brunch anymore, which it has traditionally been known for. Boring.

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            Alicebean Nov 21, 2012 09:08 PM

            Never been for brunch. The farm to table cuisine is very good. The "barely good" comment is just absurd. Keep it in mind as a gallery hopping option. The room is airy and pleasant.

            I've had drinks at the bar as well as dined at Trestle on Tenth. From what I observed and experienced, the food presentation is beautiful. The setting is more intimate than cookshop. However, I've heard mixed reviews about their service (and experienced a weird unfriendly vibe from the bartender) whereas the service at Cookshop is polished and delivers an all around more pleasant experience.

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              Blumie Nov 27, 2012 11:16 AM

              I've always been a fan of Cookshop for brunch, but did not enjoy my two dinners there.

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              Pan Nov 22, 2012 06:26 AM

              It's OK, not great. I have been there for dinner several times. I wouldn't make a special trip and even though I am quite close to there once every few months at least, I find myself avoiding Cookshop and going to other places that are either cheaper or/and more to my liking.

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                Alicebean Nov 22, 2012 06:19 PM

                I would love to know where else you go in Chelsea that you like that's cheaper. I live in Chelsea and frankly, I think it's practically a wasteland of either overpriced or mediocre restos of 8th Ave. I frequent Txikito and El Quijote, but that's about it. The neighborhood has gotten so expensive. I go to Westville for a casual weeknight. When it comes to the $40-$45 price point, I'm at a loss.

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                  thegforceny Nov 22, 2012 06:24 PM

                  Ovest
                  Co
                  Grand Sichuan
                  Tia Pol
                  Trestle on Tenth
                  R.U.B.
                  Rocking Horse Cafe
                  Txikito

                  Sometimes Red Cat, but finding it to be average these days. Similarly, I find Cookshop just 'meh'. Serviceable but pedestrian. Nothing exciting.

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                    Pan Nov 23, 2012 07:27 AM

                    Well, I've liked Legend, but if I'm by myself, it's pretty hard to have a meal there because their portions are humongous. Grand Sichuan on 24th and 9th (I forget what it's called now) is also fine, but I have another branch of the chain in my neighborhood that I frequent, so I'm not at the 24th St. branch much. I also have gone to Half King a bunch of times. There are quite a number of folks on this site who like to pan it, but I think it's quite good for bar food and a good value, and it's close to the place I most have a reason to go to in the neighborhood and near the 23rd St. crosstown bus stop, which is also convenient for me. I loved the one meal I've had at Txikito so far, by the way, but have hated El Quijote in two meals. Another place I've been to that is perfectly OK and not expensive is Pepe Giallo. But the truth is, I often leave the neighborhood and either go back to the East Village (my neighborhood) for a meal or walk down to Crispo, Malatesta, or Aria Wine Bar when I'm in the mood.

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                      rose water Nov 27, 2012 10:20 AM

                      In addition to thegforceny and Pan's lists, there's also Chelsea market. The lobster roll from the lobster place is decent (though not extraordinary, and the awful stale chips have to go), meaty fare from Dickson's is great, and the Green Table is quite nice.

                2. loratliff Nov 20, 2012 08:03 PM

                  If you've enjoyed Little Owl and the Pig, you'd probably love Recette. Do a search—there have been several good threads about it. Still on my list of most underrated restaurants and great for both dinner or weekend brunch.

                  As for Chelsea, a lot of posters here seem to like Trestle on Tenth.

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                    kyph0515 Nov 21, 2012 09:46 AM

                    I like La Sirene a lot. It's a small French bistro west of SoHo.

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                      erica Nov 21, 2012 10:45 AM

                      In the WV, I Sodi would fit the bill for dinner.

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                        loratliff Nov 23, 2012 06:53 PM

                        I like La Sirene a lot, but I wouldn't necessarily consider it a destination for out-of-towners. Regardless, it's good French food and BYOB too.

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                          JC2 Nov 27, 2012 12:38 PM

                          I wouldn't have thought so either, but the last time I was there, I sat next to a couple who were in from somewhere in the midwest and they loved. They had found it either through chowhound or some other site. It is a very NY experience. The other question is: intimate? Only in the sense that you are intimate with everyone around you.
                          I also second Recette. Fabulous food.

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                        OhHowCivilized Nov 25, 2012 09:38 PM

                        I've been obsessed with Buvette in the West VIllage. I'm working through the menu.

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                          foodwhisperer Nov 26, 2012 04:27 PM

                          Recette without a doubt. Especially if it is second monday of month for special tasting ( see a previous post of mine with pictures)

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