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looking for casual midtown 45th-59th-- pastas, small plates...

Want to walk from 49th and Lex area....looking for italian or just good. Small and not too loud.
On a Sunday night.

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  1. I reserved at Bar Boulud.
    Also as a stretch I reserved at Perla. It's not neighborhood I know and I could only get 9:45 (wanted 8).
    So we'll see.
    Will cancel Boulud and try something else if persuaded.

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    1. re: rcburli

      Perla is great. Bar Boulud is a good choice too.

      Have you considered Ma Peche or the Bar Room at The Modern?

    2. Any thoughts on Pierre Loti for wine and small plates?

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      1. re: rcburli

        I was just there this past Saturday night (the one on 15th and 8th) and had a lovely time. There were 4 of us (we vary in age from 30 - 65) - we shared a bottle of Turkish red wine and ordered a bunch of small plates - hummus, grilled octopus, shrimp, tuna tartare, houlomi (sp?) cheese, some other dip, and it came out to $35 a person!! Everything was delicious, the service was great, and you can't beat that price!

        1. re: rcburli

          I have also been to and really enjoyed the location off irving place, i haven't tried much from the menu (usually stop on way to/from dinner elsewhere) but nice wine selection and a flight of 3 option

        2. I know these are out of my original location idea, but what are thoughts on Resto and/or DBGB Kitchen and Bar?

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          1. re: rcburli

            I can't speak to resto but dbgb has some great menu items- all the sausages/pates/terrines are made in house and they have a noteworthy beer and wine list.

            1. re: rcburli

              Both are solid but can get loud dependent upon how crowded they are. DBGB has a lot of hard surfaces, IIRC. Resto is connected to their beer bar next door which is fairly popular. Resto isn't really a small plates restaurant, though. Steak is where they shine.

              If you want good small plates and not insanely loud, look at Tertulia, Ma Peche, Bar Room at the Modern, L'artusi, Txikito, maybe Cata....

              1. re: kathryn

                I have resvs at Cata this Friday Kathryn. Just thought you should know ;)

            2. The Smith on 2nd is less loud than some of the other locations and should be fine Sunday night.

              1. Consider Sakagura. Fun, small plates Japanese near Lex/45th. Not loud. Finding it is part of the experience