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Valentine's Restaurant - Casual but Tasty

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luciaannek Feb 11, 2014 02:47 PM

Posting on behalf of my brother:

"Taking my girlfriend in to NYC this Saturday and am looking for a non pretentious (no suit and tie) kinda place, that serves outstanding creative food. Prices isn't to much of a concern although anything over 200$ would be a stretch. Not the biggest fans of seafood but besides that anything is game"

Some background from me: His favorite restaurant is the Green House Tavern in Cleveland, OH because it is creative but not too "fancy". He has already made a reservation at Craft Bar but if you guys think he has made a mistake he will change it.

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  1. ipsedixit RE: luciaannek Feb 11, 2014 07:40 PM

    Ippudo or Uncle Boons

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      kathryn RE: ipsedixit Feb 11, 2014 08:57 PM

      No online reservations left for Uncle Boons on 2/15, so I'd imagine a bit of a wait. Not sure how long the wait at Ippudo would be, but I'd plan to wait at least a little bit of time.

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        ipsedixit RE: kathryn Feb 11, 2014 08:59 PM

        I listed both of them because neither requires reservations.

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          kathryn RE: ipsedixit Feb 11, 2014 09:19 PM

          Right, but since the OP's brother already has a reservation somewhere, sounds to me that they don't want to wait.

          Or should at least be aware of the varying reservation policies since they're not from NYC presumably....

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            ipsedixit RE: kathryn Feb 11, 2014 09:28 PM

            Agreed.

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      foodwhisperer RE: luciaannek Feb 11, 2014 08:07 PM

      WD 50
      Louro
      Recette
      Hakkasan
      Casa Mono

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        kathryn RE: foodwhisperer Feb 11, 2014 08:55 PM

        Very scarce availability at Hakkasan and Casa Mono.

        No reservations available at WD-50.

        Louro has some decent times left on OpenTable. 9pm and later.

        Recette has some early and late times left.

      2. ttoommyy RE: luciaannek Feb 12, 2014 10:01 AM

        Tell him to stick with Craft Bar. He already has the reservation and it is a quality restaurant that fits all of his requirements; why put pressure on himself to find another place. It's one of our favorite, go-to casual restaurants with great food and cocktails. Why do people always feel they need to find the "Holy Grail" of restaurants when they have a perfectly fine choice in hand already? Tell him to enjoy the time spent with his GF, (snowy) NYC and the moment!

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          Ttrockwood RE: ttoommyy Feb 12, 2014 02:52 PM

          +1
          Craft bar is solid and has a great wine list. At this point other options are severely limited.

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