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Bday Dinner Reco in Chelsea/West Village

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We are celebrating my sisters 34th birthday this coming weekend and will be in the Chelsea/West Village area. Any restaurant suggestions? I am thinking $$. I have already looked into L'Atrusi and Montmartre as options, but wanted to find something that might be a little less expensive but delicious. I am looking more at restaurants that have seafood (oysters/clams/fish) and type of cuisine I am looking towards french, italian, american. Any suggestions would be great! Thanks!

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    1. Jeffrey's Grocery fresh seafood (same restaurant group as Montmartre);

      Could also look into: Rosemary's, Rafele, Blue Ribbon Bakery Kitchen, The Marrow, Otto, Little Owl

        1. There is the Cookshop/Red Cat/Trestle on 10th trifecta in that area for New American.

          1. All the [very good] suggestions here seem to be about the same price range as L'artusi and Montmartre. You just can't get 'cheap' oysters/clams/fish. Nor should you want to; quality suffers.

            If you need to go down a tier, you'll have to go towards red sauce pasta places, ethnic, Chinatown.

            Did you ever check out any of the options in your first chowhound post last year?

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/834945

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            1. re: thegforceny

              Agreed, the only exception to this would be Fish on Bleecker Street. It doesn't have a ton of ambiance and isn't trendy, but I've had plenty of good meals there.