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foodask Jan 3, 2014 10:00 PM

I'm looking for a semi-formal restaurant - mains $30 - $50. The in-laws are coming to town. They're not into truffles or fois gras, but they still know good honest tasty food. My initial plan A was Ruby Watchco but they're closed. So is Woodlot. I was thinking of Epic or Le Select but any reviews of those places seem outdated. Any suggestions along those lines would be appreciated. Thanks!

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    pourboi RE: foodask Jan 3, 2014 10:34 PM

    Carbon Bar - The new Meat /BBQ centric resto from David Lee opened mid December. Based on Tweeter & pictures posted they do not seem to be filling up each night so you should still be able to get a table. Food is not too fancy/ fussy (I would avoid the Pitmaster platter as it is expensive and I was not wowed by anything on it) Beef rib looked good as well as the chicken. Upscale surroundings and service is done well. You should be fine with your budget.

    1. justxpete RE: foodask Jan 3, 2014 11:18 PM

      What about Farmhouse tavern?

      1. prima RE: foodask Jan 4, 2014 05:02 AM

        I've always enjoyed dinner at Le Select. Would also consider Globe, Globe Earth, Pastis, Ici.

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          Cat123 RE: foodask Jan 4, 2014 06:15 AM

          Are we talking Saturday or Sunday? Hard to tell from your time of posting. Some other ideas - Sidecar, Zucca, The Grove, Mistura or Harbord Room. I think Le Select is also great - very solid - although it can be loud depending on what table you get.

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            bytepusher RE: Cat123 Jan 4, 2014 06:44 AM

            I love The Grove but I don't think it fits the ask here

            +1 for Globe who seem to have found the path again after wandering in the wilderness for a while

          2. hal2010 RE: foodask Jan 4, 2014 08:34 AM

            We went to Bestellen last Sunday with our son and his wife and really enjoyed it. The food is good, honest and very tasty.

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