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someplace like little owl, only in the ev, les or chelsea

Looking for a small, cozy, delicious, special, and casual spot like Little Owl, but in the East Village, LES, or Chelsea for a quiet birthday dinner for two. Would prefer either italian, upscale american or french...small plates okay too.

I say Little Owl because I really like the intimate feel and size of the place, and the food is special and delicious. Would be great if the place was new-ish, but not necessary. Price is no object b/c it's a birthday. Other places we like with a similar feel: Marlow and Sons and DOC wine bar in Williamsburg, Barbone, The New French.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks!

Aug 08, 2008
mae in Manhattan

drinks after Cluny?

I'm taking my friend for a cheer-up dinner and drinks tonight (she just got out of a relationship). Cluny for good food, then somewhere with a nice but laid-back atmosphere for a drink nearby.

Was thinking Employees Only but that place is always packed and hard to hear anything. Anyplace else that's less of an it-place but still good? We've been to Dublin a bunch, and Bar & Books is also out b/c I don't feel like smelling like a cigar. But along those lines...don't want to travel too far. Suggestions appreciated. Thanks!

Oct 18, 2007
mae in Manhattan

Crispo...thoughts for great pasta atmosphere...

Crispo is definitely better than Da Andrea. Get the orecchiette with broccoli rabe and sausage. so good.

Oct 02, 2007
mae in Manhattan

Best black and white cookie?

Definitely second Pick A Bagel. Theirs are the best I've ever tried.

Oct 02, 2007
mae in Manhattan

When in doubt......after a long day....favorite local restaurants you can rely on

Hands down, Valdino West in the WV for amazing pasta, brodetto (seafood stew), and pork milanese. So cozy and comforting on a chilly night.

Also Tavern on Jane for bison burgers. Also love their seared tuna club, great wings and really good soups.

Oct 02, 2007
mae in Manhattan

Best Gnocchi in NYC

the gnocchi osso bucco and gnocchi gorganzola at Valdino West on Hudson and Bank never cease to blow me away.

Aug 31, 2007
mae in Manhattan

Restaurants on Thanksgiving?

The Thanksgiving dinner at Chubo on the Lower East Side is amazing. Have been three years in a row and we're going back this year. I dream of their turkey three ways. Not sure if they're taking reservations yet.

Aug 28, 2007
mae in Manhattan

BF's birthday dinner--lots of stipulations. Help!

Sorry, two more stipulations:
-must take reservations for parties of 2
-must not have communal seating, or "suckers" seating: a line of two-seater tables against a wall right next to each other. (if they do, they must also have the option of separated tables for parties of 2)
Picky, I know!

Aug 01, 2007
mae in Manhattan

BF's birthday dinner--lots of stipulations. Help!

Love Tartine and go there all the time. But it's too casual for a birthday I think. Plus, they don't take reservations and the lines (yes, even Wednesdays at 9) are often out of control!

Aug 01, 2007
mae in Manhattan

BF's birthday dinner--lots of stipulations. Help!

I always want to go to Blue Hill, but what stops me is their setup. I should've put this in my list of stipulations, but when resaurants seat couples at little tables along the wall, I can't enjoy myself. It just feels so cramped, like I'm in the next person's lap. It just seems like a lazy, impersonal way for restaurants to save space, and I try to avoid restaurants that do that.

Aug 01, 2007
mae in Manhattan

BF's birthday dinner--lots of stipulations. Help!

You're definitely thinking along the right lines. We love the Wburg Aurora, but the Soho one is still too new (and overrun by people) for me to venture to. But thanks!

Jul 31, 2007
mae in Manhattan

BF's birthday dinner--lots of stipulations. Help!

Just went there last week! I really liked it, but to be honest, the food was great but not blow-me-away memorable. And the vibe was slightly cheapened (at least in my opinion) by all the starstruck TC fans trying to catch a glimpse of Harold (which was easy...he walked back and forth from the kitchen to the bar about half a dozen times, then ended the night flirting with a couple girls at the bar!).

Jul 31, 2007
mae in Manhattan

BF's birthday dinner--lots of stipulations. Help!

Okay, you people are reading my mind. I was also considering Po. (Gusto has an "uptown place transplanted downtown" feel, at least when we went there when the old chef was there. plus, it seemed every dish came with polenta, which seemed a bit slackerish to me.)

I'd love to hear what you love about Po, Le Gigot and Salt (I've been to Salt bar...is Salt the same owners? I thought it was kind of a scene, no?)

Jul 31, 2007
mae in Manhattan

BF's birthday dinner--lots of stipulations. Help!

Thanks jdream. But I know he's not into Five Points (too big and impersonal). We've been to Hearth but again with the white tablecloths! (The food is great, but I feel like it tries a bit to hard to be a "fine dining experience"). Cookshop had crossed my mind though...but it looks kind of bright, no? I'd love to be convinced wrong!

Jul 31, 2007
mae in Manhattan

BF's birthday dinner--lots of stipulations. Help!

Thanks guys! Barbone hadn't made my radar, but with that description (and after peeking at the photos & menu on its website), it's on there now. Definitely a possiblility. Quck q: What's the crowd usually like? Say, on a Wednesday at 9?

Jul 31, 2007
mae in Manhattan

BF's birthday dinner--lots of stipulations. Help!

I love Apizz and he's never been there...definitely a possibility. Thanks!

Jul 31, 2007
mae in Manhattan

BF's birthday dinner--lots of stipulations. Help!

I've only been to Freeman's once about a year ago, and I really liked it. But it was packed even on a weeknight and hard to hear the friend I was dining with. Has the buzz (and din) died down any? If so, it could be a contender. Thanks!

Jul 31, 2007
mae in Manhattan

BF's birthday dinner--lots of stipulations. Help!

Looking for the perfect place to have dinner for my boyfriend and I on his birthday in a couple weeks. I feel like we've been everywhere that fits the following description so I'm hoping that you savvy Chowhounds will have some secrets up your sleeves.

Here are the specs:
-The place needs to have amazing Italian, French or American food. He likes hearty (I don't mean big portions), savory food--the sweet corn ravioli at Cafe Cluny has been a recent favorite dish, just to give an idea.
-It has to be small (smaller the better) and dimly lit. No mega-restaurants or bright places.
-It can't be stuffy or sceney. Preferably no white tablecloths & snooty service, or wall street guy/pr girl scene. Think the vibe of a cozy, casual Trattoria, not the newest "it" restaurant. But special in its own right--not everyday casual.
-Downtown suggestions only please (I'm open to Tribeca, LES, EV, WV, Soho and thereabouts, and Chelsea).
-I'm flexible on price as it's his b-day, but would prefer a place in the $20-35 entree range. (No small plates please)

Places that have the vibe I'm going for but I'm ruling out because we've already been there (plus some, like Crispo, are too big for what I'm going for):
August
The Place
Cluny
Little Owl
Lupa
Crispo
Gavroche
Gascogne
WD-50
Chubo
Peasant

I think that's it...please please help. Any suggestions much appreciated.

Jul 31, 2007
mae in Manhattan

DC Chowhounder seeks eateries in W.Village

I'll add a few more...Cafe Cluny for seriously tasty upscale american, Valdino West for cute setting, great pasta and a chicken parm to die for. And I second Wallse for a treat.

Jul 06, 2007
mae in Manhattan

Good Indonesian--does it exist in NYC?

Thank you! Sounds like Minangasli will hit the spot!

Jul 02, 2007
mae in Manhattan

Good Indonesian--does it exist in NYC?

Does anyone know of a good, authentically spicy Indonesian restaurant in Manhattan (preferably downtown, but I know I can't be picky location-wise). I just had some amazing spicy Indonesian abroad and can't kick my craving for it. Help!

Jul 02, 2007
mae in Manhattan

Food in Williamsburg

I would add:

Juliette on N. 5th off Bedford--it's a new-ish French bistro from the owners of Tartine in the West Village and the Delancey bar. Great steak frites and spicy chicken w/ guacamole dish. Laid-back, neighborhoody atmosphere.

Matamoras Puebla grocery. It's a mexican bodega on Bedford (b/w N. 6th and 7th I think), but if you go all the way back, they make authentic, delicious tacos, etc. to order. Get the pork sopas or huaraches with salsa verde...mmm.

Fabianne's on Bedford and N. 5th has great salads and baked eggs for brunch. Also good quiches if you're into that.

Lastly, I love Miyaki on Berry and N. 6th. Really fresh sushi, but the Korean food is also quite good. Get the kimchi jun (pancake)...it's sooo good.

May 08, 2007
mae in Outer Boroughs

Lunch with Mom tomorrow in West Village (probably)

Tartine is open for lunch and it's great...way less crowded than dinner there. Get the sauteed chicken with spinach salad (or with fries...their fries are great!)...so delicious!

Apr 19, 2007
mae in Manhattan

Looking for Last Minute Date Spot in W Village

I love Valdino West on the corner of Hudson and Bank. Great food--I actually like it better than Da Andrea for pasta, and the atmosphere is cozy and cute (personally I find Da Andrea too bright), with great service. Try the gnocchi osso bucco or for something lighter, try their brodetto (seafood stew). The chicken parm is amazing too.

Apr 06, 2007
mae in Manhattan

Black & White Cookies?

Agree...I LOVE pick-a-bagel's!

Apr 04, 2007
mae in Manhattan

Excellent meal at Sweetwater (Williamsburg)

I agree that Sweetwater has been stepping it up foodwise lately (the hangar steak is great!). Now if only they'd fix the horribly uncomfortable chair situation.

Mar 19, 2007
mae in Outer Boroughs

Seeking some GOOD soup for a cold day...

Matzoh ball soup at Cafe Edison (47th between Bway and 8th in the Edison Hotel). It's worth the trek.

I actually also really like the soups at Veselka.

Feb 08, 2007
mae in Manhattan

West Village Winter Dinner recs...

Valdino West. Was just there last night and it never fails. I love their brodetto (seafood stew) in winter, and their gnocci osso bucco is amazing as well. The place is warm and cozy; great ambiance and service.

Da Andrea's food is good but that place is just too brightly lit to qualify as cozy. Also, it's ALWAYS jammed with people and will most likely require a wait for 4, and the art is atrocious. Just pray you don't get seated next to the painting of the chubby kids in a hot air balloon. Shudder.

The Place is great. Also, Crispo. Tavern on Jane (Jane and 8th Ave) is cute but the food's mediocre, unless you're getting burgers, which are good there.

Feb 08, 2007
mae in Manhattan

Good but inexpensive restaurant in the upper west village/chealsea area?

Valdino West on Hudson and Bank. Great food (Italian), warm service, cozy space. You can't go wrong.

Jan 30, 2007
mae in Manhattan

Perry Street- Restaurant Week

Would Perry St be a good Valentine's Day place?

Jan 24, 2007
mae in Manhattan