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Crazy cheap dinner

Moustache is a great Mediterranean place and very reasonable. They have an east village and west village location. However, it is not BYOB.

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Jun 19, 2008
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Tony's diNapoli, 43rd St.

Tony diNapoli is pretty good, just not fabulous but it depends what you are looking for. Sambucca and Carmine's are very similar. Tony's is large family style portions served in a bustling setting in the heart of the theater district. The Tony's chicken is very good and so are the pastas. Chicken dishes are more generous to share than shrimp but all around you will have a good meal. Their salads are also very tasty.

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Jun 19, 2008
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Friday Night Dinner for Philadelphian near Wall Street

Try Fraunces Tavern on Pearl Street. This historic gem was built in the mid 1700's and is a historic landmark downtown. The lunch menu is great and I've eaten there several times. I've never been there for dinner but I am sure it is just as good. Well worth a visit and a taste of history too.

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Jun 12, 2008
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Best Sushi Below 23rd?

15 East or Blue Ribbon Sushi. Both are excellent!

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Jun 12, 2008
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Good Sushi near Union Square

I highly recommend 15 East. Fresh and inventive sushi. Sit at the sushi bar - the chef is fantastic and will tell you all about what he's serving you and how he's preparing it. Excellent quality, although a bit pricey.

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Apr 02, 2008
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Staying in the Village

I just had a wonderful dining experience at The Place on West 4th Street. Delicious new american cuisine in a warm cozy atmosphere. Pricing was moderate and the quality/portions was high. They serve chicken, fish, meat - very easy to find something to eat.

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Apr 01, 2008
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Rare Bar and Grill is Terrific

Rare in the Shelbourne Hotel on Lexington Avenue does have good burgers and a great variety of them which is a big plus. There is the usual hamburger, cheese burger, etc...but there are chicken burgers, portabello burgers and other creative items on the menu. The french fry basket is great for sharing as well. The place is great for getting together with a bunch of friends to hang out and enjoy a decent meal and some burgers. I don't think it is the best by any means but certainly above average and usually perfect for when you have a yearn for burgers. I have yet to be, but everyone I know raves about The Shake Shack so when its open, it might be worth a try.

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Mar 24, 2008
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Barbecue Restaurant for a Party

Blue Smoke is perfect!

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Mar 24, 2008
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Boathouse Wedding Food

I attended a wedding at the Boathouse a few years ago and while the atmosphere was amazing on summer's evening, the food was fair. The cocktail hour was probably the best but the rest of the food left much to be desired. Rubbery and over cooked chicken and meat that was dry. I went back to the Boathouse for a corporate event last summer and the food was bad, in fact, I got violently ill afterwards as did a couple of others unfortunately. But when you pick the Boathouse it is for the location/scenery, not the food.

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Mar 24, 2008
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Need 6 suggestions, 3 lunch / 3 dinner...

I just had a fabulous meal at Lomito, a new argentinian/italian place in West Soho. The atmosphere was great and so was the food. Extremely fresh and a good variety of pasta and other dishes to choose from. A unique blend of cuisines that made for a flavorful and delicous dinner.

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Mar 23, 2008
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20th street and 2nd avenue restaurants

Coppola's on third avenue in the upper 20s is very good italian. Pasta entrees are about $12-18 and most other entrees will run about $15-25. It is a nice restaurant in that area and won't break the bank.

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Mar 23, 2008
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Lomito - Any early reviews?

I just tried Lomito on Spring Street last night and was very pleased. The decor is rustic urban and perfect for the neighborhood. The menu weaves italian and argentinian cuisine together and everything was extremely fresh. My husband started with the shrimp served in roasted garlic, lemon, butter and olive oil. Five nice size shrimp cooked to perfection. I tried the Empenadas de Carne which was three modest sized meat filled empenandas with arugala. For our main dishes, I had the Tagliolini with zucchini, plum tomato garlic olive oil sauce and my husband had the fettucini with fresh seafood. Both of the dishes were outstanding - unbelievably fresh and flavorful. I would give it a thumbs up!

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Mar 19, 2008
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Midtown Brunch

I ate at Brasserie about six months ago and the food was very good. The menu consists classic french brasserie fare including eggs benedict, scrambled eggs with truffles and omelets with mushrooms and gruyere. All of which were excellent and the portions were generous. The atmosphere has a 50’s mod-like loungy vibe while still upbeat and trendy. The service was good, prices were moderate and they let us sit at our table as long as we wanted while we chatted. It's a nice choice.

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Mar 17, 2008
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UWS Brunch Help

I recommend Ocean Grill on Columbus between W78th & W79th. Delicious brunch and they take reservations - even for small parties.

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Mar 14, 2008
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Sushi around Union Square

I agree. If you can go out, definitely visit 15 East. The fish is unbelievably fresh and the chef there is fabulous. Sit at the sushi bar, not only will you enjoy great food but the chef tells you about each fish and how/why it is prepared the way it is. If you must order in, then I suggest Haru and you will be happy.

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Mar 14, 2008
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Dinner for 21 mostly teenagers, Friday 3/22

You can try Carmine's or Tony DiNapoli's both in the low 40s off Broadway. They serve family style italian food so it would perfect for sharing. You are in walking distance as well from MSG so that would be convenient. The food is good and they can easily accomodate big groups - just call ahead. Virgil's is another great venue, but call ahead to see if they can accomodate your party. Virgil's is southern bbq and is always packed. The food - ribs, chicken, brisket are all tasty and portions are generous. I think you can stick to your price point there as well.

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Mar 14, 2008
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Good eats near Museum of Natural History?

Agreed. Isabella's is one of my usuals when in that neighborhood. You can also try Ocean Grill on Columbus between 78th & 79th. They serve a delicious brunch/lunch as well as a great fish / seafood dinner menu. Both are within walking distance of the museum.

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Mar 14, 2008
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Excellent brunch at Stanton Social

I agree as well. I went to Staton Social about a year ago for brunch with a group of friends. The mini-benedicts and the soft tacos were terrific. The donuts were also phenomenal - warm and fresh, rolled in sugar which is my favorite. The service was also quite good. It is definitely on my list of places to go back to whenever we are in the city.

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Mar 14, 2008
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10:30pm dinner tonight @ a good casual place in Soho/Greenwich?

I love barmarche in soho. the cool atmosphere and good food make it a great choice. the restaurant is not very large but at 10:30 you should have no problem getting a table. the menu varies seasonally but if they have the bass taquitos on the menu, i highly recommend them. the drinks are great too.

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Mar 13, 2008
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Good Mexican in NY

Canyon Road on the Upper East Side is very good. The food has been consistent for many years and they make killer drinks. The service is good but sometimes you feel a little rushed especially when they are buys but overall, a good meal nonetheless.

Another suggestion is Maya on 1st Avenue and East 64th. A slightly different menu than Canyon Road - you won't find traditional tacos or fajitas here as the food is a little more upscale - lamb shank, filet mignon, red snapper, etc.. all prepared with mexican flare.

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Mar 10, 2008
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If you were moving out of NY, where would you eat?

I recently moved out of manhattan. For our last 'official' dinner we went to 15 East and sat at the sushi bar and indulged in the omakase menue. It was wonderful. Incredibly fresh fish from all different waters. The sushi chef explained each piece and how it should be eaten - some with a pinch of sea salt, others with only wasabi, etc... It was a fabulous experience if you like sushi. I'd also recommend Lupa for great italian. The freshest pasta served in a great new york atmosphere - bustling and some noise but delicious food.

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Mar 08, 2008
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MEATPACKING DISTRICT- highline restaurant

Highline is a great place to have a birthday dinner. The food, which is Thai-ish, is good and not overly expensive. The atmosphere is trendy with a cool modern design. The restaurant is located in the popular meat packing district amongst a bunch of other high-end trendy restaurants and boutiques. The drink selections are terrific too and while it has been a couple of years since I've been there, the service was very good - quite surprising for a trendy place.

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Mar 08, 2008
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Theater District/Times Sq with Kids

You can also try Tony's DiNapoli's for Italian on West 43rd between 6th & 7th avenue. It is very similar to Carmine's and would be perfect for your young children. I agree with others who suggest staying away from chains especially Apple Bee's and Friday's which have inflated prices. Bond 45 is very good but definitely not for young children. I agree that Virgil's is also a good choice. Ruby Foo's would be a good place too but I wouldn't recommend going without a reservation.

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Mar 07, 2008
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restaurants near 64th and Park - moderate, intersting

If you can stand the attitude that some of the waiters have, you can try Meditteraneo on 2nd avenue and 66th street. The fresh pastas are very good and so are the salads. I recommend with the black linguini with shrimp in a spicy tomato sauce - delicious. The goat cheese salad with roasted plum tomatoes is also quite tasty. For dessert, if you like sorbert - the peach sorbet searved in the peach is the perfect ending to the meal.

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Mar 06, 2008
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Buddakan

I have been to all three restaurants: Buddakhan, Buddah Bar and Tao. All three are "see and be seen" trendy places so the food is secondary to the trendy atmosphere. They all have good, strong drinks but when it comes to the food it is just okay. Each one has a few good dishes but overall, you go to these places more for the experience than for the actual food. If you go in with lower expectations, you won't be disappointed.

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Mar 06, 2008
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Good breakfast UES

I am equally devestated that Annie's is no longer there. You can try EJ's on 72nd street but there most likely be a wait and it could be long. Barking Dog is a good alternative as well. If you are looking to go a little more upscale you can try Sarabeth's on Madison Avenue.

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Mar 06, 2008
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Dinner for 11?

Sambuca on West 72nd Street is a good italian restaurant that serves family style and perfect for large groups. The prices are affordable and they can usually accomodate big parties even on a few days notice. The atmosphere is good and service is friendly. Other Italian that serve family style is Carmine's and Tony DiNapoli both of which are in the midtown/Times Square area.

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Mar 06, 2008
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Places that only sell cupcakes?

Billie's in Chelsea sells cupcakes. I picked up a dozen about two weeks ago and they were fresh and delicious. They have the usual chocolate or vanilla with white, yellow, blue, green or pink icing. They also make a red velvet cupcake that goes quickly.

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Mar 05, 2008
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Rare Bar and Grill- Thoughts?

Rare Bar & Grill in the Shelbourne on 37th Street is good but not the best in NYC. As others have described it, it is good if you want to grab a drink at the bar or the roofdeck when it opens and then have a burger. The menu does have a variety of different burgers including unusual types like sweet chili chicken burgers, portabello burgers and the bbq bison burger. The sweet potato or waffle fries are also good. I think the Shake Shack though is much better but even if you do end up at Rare you will enjoy your burger.

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Mar 05, 2008
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can anyone introduce me to some great bakeries/cafes, etc??

A great destination that I stumbled upon a few months back is Cafe Angelique on Grove and Bleeker Street in the West Village. They have the best desserts - fresh cakes, pies, muffins and croissants. Cafe Angelique also serves up light breakfast fare and some salads and sandwiches. Its really a cute and charming place and they let you sit, enjoy your coffee and chat.

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Mar 05, 2008
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