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Your comments on 4 restaurants

I definitely need your recommendations on places to go in Japan. Having lived in Tokyo (granted, I last lived there eight years ago), I never had an experience that equaled one of the many I have had at Basta Pasta. I was only unfortunate enough to have a friend take me to a chain pasta place once in Tokyo and it was pretty foul. Maybe I have just had lucky experiences at Basta Pasta.

Feb 25, 2009
Saint Chole in Manhattan

Your comments on 4 restaurants

From my point of view, they are both excellent. I have only eaten at Greenwich Grill twice and had pasta on both occasions. In each case, the pasta was a perfect al dente. I think that Greenwich Grill has a more interesting menu on the whole than Basta Pasta. The space and service at Greenwich Grill is also more formal (I mean that as a compliment).

Feb 25, 2009
Saint Chole in Manhattan

Your comments on 4 restaurants

I have only eaten lunch at Nougatine, but it has always been very good. This included one trip during restaurant week (which I generally hate, because I find that most restaurants do not really try to do a good job), which was possibly the best lunch I had there. Considering how casual the restaurant is, I thought the service has been consistently excellent.

Casa Mono's food is delicious, but I find the restaurant incredibly loud and claustrophobic. As long as you are not planning to catch up with an old friend and want to focus on food (and wine), you should have a good experience.

Basta Pasta is a favorite of mine. When I last went (about a month ago), they had an appetizer special that was a delicious set of seared beef cubes. I was a little worried that the presentation was a little fussy (it was very pretty, but almost too much so), but it was totally delicious. Here are some of my favorites from the regular menu: the baked mushroom appetizer, the duck and arugula salad, the uni and tobiko pastas and the crespelle. I have to admit that I have never ventured away from the pastas when I have eaten at Basta Pasta, so I leave it to someone else to recommend any non-pasta main dishes.

Feb 24, 2009
Saint Chole in Manhattan

Mission Impossible: Rez for 16 in 2 days

I second Vindaloo's suggestion of Otto. They usually reserve a bunch of space for walk ins, so they might be willing to carve some of that out for a large party. It's worth asking, anyway. The other places I would suggest are Grotto on Forsyth Street and Gusto. Grotto's rice croquettes are terrific as are most of the secondis. It is quite affordable and they accommodated me when I needed a 10 person day-of reservation (without forcing a prix fixe menu on us). They also have a great garden in the back. It might also be worth calling Gusto and asking if they would be willing to separate their downstairs room for your party. I don't remember exactly how many it seats or if they will require a set menu, however. I've always had luck at Gusto with last minute reservations, but I have never tried for a larger party. Best of luck.

Jul 22, 2008
Saint Chole in Manhattan