looking for a good restaurant in the greenwich village area to have a casual midweek lunch (or even late breakfast) with a group of 4. here are my criteria:
LOCATION: the place should be no more than a 10 minute walk from washington square park/NYU, so the rough boundaries of my search would be 14th st on the north, bowery/3rd ave on the east, prince st on the south, and 7th ave on the west (i'd probably be willing to go slightly past 7th ave if necessary).
CUISINE: anything is fine as long as the food is very good. doesn't matter if it's straightforward american, ethnic, or creative/nouveau as long as it doesn't have tiny portions.
PRICE: $30-$40 per person, maybe slightly more if necessary.
DECOR/AMBIANCE: the place doesn't have to be super fancy or trendy - a simple, clean cafe or bistro is fine. slightly rough around the edges is ok, too. just as long as it isn't a complete dive.
the problem i'm having with my search is that many good restaurants in the area seem to be open for dinner or weekend brunch only. there are plenty of lunch spots near NYU, but many of them cater to the college or tourist crowd or are simply mediocre.
so far, the places i've come up with in my search include the following:
-five points on great jones st in noho
-market table on carmine street in the west village
-marinella restaurant on carmine st in the west village
-blue ribbon bakery on downing st in the west village
-lupa on thompson st in the village
-bar pitti on 6th ave in the village
i've been to all of these spots in the past (not recently, though) and thought all were good but not spectacular. i was especially disappointed by lupa because it's supposed to be awesome, but was merely "fine"; maybe i just went on an off-day?
i'm hoping to find something along the same lines, but with better food if possible. am i missing some gems in the area that offer really great food, reasonably-sized portions, AND are open for weekday lunch?
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