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muppetdiner | May 3, 2010 07:48 PM

I vowed never to post a "where should i eat?" question here but I am stuck. My parents are coming from PA for a visit. Tonight on the phone my dad requested a place that is not too noisy, that the table is not too small, that won't mind if we want to linger, and that is within 5 to 10 blocks of the corner of Canal and Varick Street.

I have lived here for over 10 years, I work in the neighborhood and I eat out very often. Still, I am at a complete loss for a Soho-ish spot that fits the bill.

He said he'd be happy to go somewhere expensive if it fits into the criteria above but that means a maximum or $30 for an entree. Nothing too (his words, not mine) adventurously "ethnic". That means mexican, italian, spanish, german, french are ok but probably not indian, thai, japanese, moroccan, etc.

We're not trying to just go to a deli for a sandwich. A real sit down meal with at the very least wine and beer, preferrably full bar. Anyone have any suggestions?

I thought maybe Cupping Room, Mercer Kitchen, Numero 28 PIzza Romana, or Jardin Bistro. If you think I am wrong on any of these, I'd like to know that, too.

Many thanks!

Mercer Kitchen
99 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012

Cupping Room Cafe
359 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Numero 28
196 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

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