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I know this thread mainly exists for Manton and others to complain about the humidity, but does anyone have some good restaurant/drinks recommendations?

 

It's been over a year since I've been in NYC, and I know things can be fast paced there. I already made reservations for the NoMad because I enjoy their chicken for two so much and the location is convenient, but my GF is part Japanese and doesn't really eat their cuisine all that often, so I'd like to take her to a good Japanese restaurant as well. 

 

For drinks, she likes cocktails, so I was wondering whether anything new has popped up in the past year? I like Angel's Share, PDT, Apotheke, ECC, etc., but it doesn't have to be a speakeasy per se. I was thinking top of the standard/boom boom room might be nice for the views, but it can be a bit pretentious at times.

 

Anyway, I'd really appreciate any recommendations!

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the humidity is astounding today. pure torture
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the humidity is astounding today. pure torture

 

I'll have to take the subway from Times Square to about 20th St every single day for the rest of the month, in full CBD. Who in their right mind books a hotel in the middle of Times Square?

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So . . . the furries in times square have been joined by superheroes and naked girls in body paint.
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I know this thread mainly exists for Manton and others to complain about the humidity, but does anyone have some good restaurant/drinks recommendations?

It's been over a year since I've been in NYC, and I know things can be fast paced there. I already made reservations for the NoMad because I enjoy their chicken for two so much and the location is convenient, but my GF is part Japanese and doesn't really eat their cuisine all that often, so I'd like to take her to a good Japanese restaurant as well. 

For drinks, she likes cocktails, so I was wondering whether anything new has popped up in the past year? I like Angel's Share, PDT, Apotheke, ECC, etc., but it doesn't have to be a speakeasy per se. I was thinking top of the standard/boom boom room might be nice for the views, but it can be a bit pretentious at times.

Anyway, I'd really appreciate any recommendations!

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see if you can nab a reservation at sushi nakazawa. otherwise kyo ya's kaiseki ryori is fun but you need a days notice. if she just wants very simple fare yuji ramen opened up a non ramen japanese home food place in brooklyn called okonomi. you pay a cheap flat fee ($9) and you get their meal of the day (like a little fish, rice, soup, and vegetables). barcade is nearby if you like beer and mason premiere is nearby if you like absinthe. bqe liquors is also close by if you want to pick up a few things at very reasonable prices. i think there's a sale going on that'll last until they run out of last year's stock

i've been going to a ton of bars. i think my top three would be angle's share, dead rabbit, and attaboy.

angel's share pays a ton of attention to detail. lemon peels are carefully cut to look presentable (haven't been to one bar that does this) e.g. they'll peel with a peeler than cut the peel to make a perfect long rhombus or a circle. their ice program is great. they pay a lot of attention to glassware and presentation. bartenders are extremely professional. i've been seeing a lot of bartenders just chatting with fellow bartenders or constantly checking their phone or just pretty dismissive or inattentive towards customers at places like PDT, clovers club, death and co, and mother's ruin. saw one bartender at clovers club pick his nose, rub it on his pants, turn to chat with the waitresses, then continue to make cocktails and grabbing ice with bare unwashed hands. angles share bartenders might seem a little uptight, but i don't think they're used to american chatty service and the place is generally inundated with people. flavor combination is as always just really creative. liquor selection is great too. they have the four roses 125 secretariat and a few IB mortlach and longmorn and royal lochnagar that i really want to try. and then the japanese restaurant outside makes for great drunk food.

dead rabbit is my favorite overall and one of the newer ones. just reading their menu you clearly see the amount of time and research and thought they put into it. they give you a little tiny cup of punch as you sit down. they also make most of the tinctures and shrubs in house. there's generally a bit of a wait (30 to 40 min), but you can wait downstairs in their other bar. it is however super annoying to get to.

attaboy in the old milk and honey space if you don't care for uppity type stuff and you just want a great no nonsense cocktail. they don't have a menu. you just tell them what you're in the mood for, but the bartenders don't just pull something out of their ass and give you a cocktail with no regards to balance or flavor combinations. they tend to go for riffs on classics usually tested extensively in house or lesser known classics. like if you say you like negronis they might make you an old pal. they also have fresh ginger juice available pretty much always cuz sam ross the owner (?)/founder was the one who invented the penicillin. bartenders are very friendly and will recognize customers even if they've only come a few times. they take great care with their ice, making sure to round off the edges before shaking, or cutting things by hand for the right size. they're also the only bar i've been to that insists on squeezing citrus to order. whether fresh squeezed juice or a few hours aged juice is up for debate, but it's impressive that no matter how busy they are they will always squeeze the citrus just for your drink. they also prefer really long peels of citrus which i haven't seen anybody else really do. service is outstanding tho. once i asked for a cocktail they didn't recognize and they wouldn't let me pay for it because they weren't quite sure if it was up to their standards

if you don't care for to go someplace for dinner than a separate place for drinks, head to saxon and parole. they're doing a lot of very creative things that i really like and the food's pretty decent.
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saw a giant f'ing hawk chilling in Central Park.
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long block of text incoming Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
see if you can nab a reservation at sushi nakazawa. otherwise kyo ya's kaiseki ryori is fun but you need a days notice. if she just wants very simple fare yuji ramen opened up a non ramen japanese home food place in brooklyn called okonomi. you pay a cheap flat fee ($9) and you get their meal of the day (like a little fish, rice, soup, and vegetables). barcade is nearby if you like beer and mason premiere is nearby if you like absinthe. bqe liquors is also close by if you want to pick up a few things at very reasonable prices. i think there's a sale going on that'll last until they run out of last year's stock

i've been going to a ton of bars. i think my top three would be angle's share, dead rabbit, and attaboy.

angel's share pays a ton of attention to detail. lemon peels are carefully cut to look presentable (haven't been to one bar that does this) e.g. they'll peel with a peeler than cut the peel to make a perfect long rhombus or a circle. their ice program is great. they pay a lot of attention to glassware and presentation. bartenders are extremely professional. i've been seeing a lot of bartenders just chatting with fellow bartenders or constantly checking their phone or just pretty dismissive or inattentive towards customers at places like PDT, clovers club, death and co, and mother's ruin. saw one bartender at clovers club pick his nose, rub it on his pants, turn to chat with the waitresses, then continue to make cocktails and grabbing ice with bare unwashed hands. angles share bartenders might seem a little uptight, but i don't think they're used to american chatty service and the place is generally inundated with people. flavor combination is as always just really creative. liquor selection is great too. they have the four roses 125 secretariat and a few IB mortlach and longmorn and royal lochnagar that i really want to try. and then the japanese restaurant outside makes for great drunk food.

dead rabbit is my favorite overall and one of the newer ones. just reading their menu you clearly see the amount of time and research and thought they put into it. they give you a little tiny cup of punch as you sit down. they also make most of the tinctures and shrubs in house. there's generally a bit of a wait (30 to 40 min), but you can wait downstairs in their other bar. it is however super annoying to get to.

attaboy in the old milk and honey space if you don't care for uppity type stuff and you just want a great no nonsense cocktail. they don't have a menu. you just tell them what you're in the mood for, but the bartenders don't just pull something out of their ass and give you a cocktail with no regards to balance or flavor combinations. they tend to go for riffs on classics usually tested extensively in house or lesser known classics. like if you say you like negronis they might make you an old pal. they also have fresh ginger juice available pretty much always cuz sam ross the owner (?)/founder was the one who invented the penicillin. bartenders are very friendly and will recognize customers even if they've only come a few times. they take great care with their ice, making sure to round off the edges before shaking, or cutting things by hand for the right size. they're also the only bar i've been to that insists on squeezing citrus to order. whether fresh squeezed juice or a few hours aged juice is up for debate, but it's impressive that no matter how busy they are they will always squeeze the citrus just for your drink. they also prefer really long peels of citrus which i haven't seen anybody else really do. service is outstanding tho. once i asked for a cocktail they didn't recognize and they wouldn't let me pay for it because they weren't quite sure if it was up to their standards

if you don't care for to go someplace for dinner than a separate place for drinks, head to saxon and parole. they're doing a lot of very creative things that i really like and the food's pretty decent.

 

Wow, thank you so much for all of your suggestions! You just made my weekend.

 

You're right on the money about Angel's Share. I absolutely love their drinks, especially the ones using their own infusions. I'm glad to hear they're still adhering to the same standards. It'll be in about two weeks time, so I think I'll be able to get reservations for one of the Japanese restaurants you mentioned. I'll definitely check out Dead Rabbit. It'll be convenient because I wanted to show her FiDi/Wall St anyways, even though it'll be dead at night. Attaboy sounds great as well, so I think I'll go there too. I definitely like their concept.

 

Any recommendations for Sunday brunch?

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there's so many sunday brunch places depending on where you're going to be. if you're in times square i'd take the short train ride to nougatine for the lunch prix fixe. or you could head to the gotham west market. it's a newly opened nice space with a grocery store/kitchen store, few restaurants, a beer bar/store, and ivan ramen. temperature is a tad lukewarm and portion sizes aren't the monster pork marrow broths you'll see elsewhere at the same price, but i think the broth is wonderful and possibly the best lighter style ramen in the city. there's like three restaurants doing lighter style ramen and ivan is the best. there's also a tapas place and a blue bottle for some coffee afterwards. totto also opened a yakitori joint nearby which is actually quite nice
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Wow, thank you so much for all of your suggestions! You just made my weekend.

You're right on the money about Angel's Share. I absolutely love their drinks, especially the ones using their own infusions. I'm glad to hear they're still adhering to the same standards. It'll be in about two weeks time, so I think I'll be able to get reservations for one of the Japanese restaurants you mentioned. I'll definitely check out Dead Rabbit. It'll be convenient because I wanted to show her FiDi/Wall St anyways, even though it'll be dead at night. Attaboy sounds great as well, so I think I'll go there too. I definitely like their concept.

Any recommendations for Sunday brunch?

Stone Street is like 3 blocks from Dead Rabbit and is a row of bars, most with Al fresco seating. So FiDi is no longer dead at night. And of course Delmonico's is right there too. Got right in to Dead Rabbit with no wait a couple weeks ago on a Thursday night around 10.

For Sunday Brunch, there are a hundred ways to go. Here are three:

- Smoke. Harlem/UWS institution.
- Hotel Chantelle. LES. 92 cent strawberry Rickey's that will knock you on your ass.
- Penthouse808. LIC. Amazing view of the skyline.

All three have live music.
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there's so many sunday brunch places depending on where you're going to be. if you're in times square i'd take the short train ride to nougatine for the lunch prix fixe. or you could head to the gotham west market. it's a newly opened nice space with a grocery store/kitchen store, few restaurants, a beer bar/store, and ivan ramen. temperature is a tad lukewarm and portion sizes aren't the monster pork marrow broths you'll see elsewhere at the same price, but i think the broth is wonderful and possibly the best lighter style ramen in the city. there's like three restaurants doing lighter style ramen and ivan is the best. there's also a tapas place and a blue bottle for some coffee afterwards. totto also opened a yakitori joint nearby which is actually quite nice

 

Thank you!! I made reservations at Nougatine for Sunday, and I'll probably head to gotham west market on Saturday. 

 

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Stone Street is like 3 blocks from Dead Rabbit and is a row of bars, most with Al fresco seating. So FiDi is no longer dead at night. And of course Delmonico's is right there too. Got right in to Dead Rabbit with no wait a couple weeks ago on a Thursday night around 10.

For Sunday Brunch, there are a hundred ways to go. Here are three:

- Smoke. Harlem/UWS institution.
- Hotel Chantelle. LES. 92 cent strawberry Rickey's that will knock you on your ass.
- Penthouse808. LIC. Amazing view of the skyline.

All three have live music.

 

Thank you! Yeah, NYC changes fast, which is why I asked. I went to a restaurant in FiDi about 2 years ago, and I remember how empty the streets were as soon as I got off the subway. It seemed like a completely different city. I might just go to Penthouse808 on Saturday, I bet she'll love the view. 

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Financial district is no longer dead at night? Are you kidding me?
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i ended up late at SHO once, and walked out to see a woman wearing Prada shoes and pajama pants. 'tis the crowd I guess.
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i ended up late at SHO once, and walked out to see a woman wearing Prada shoes and pajama pants. 'tis the crowd I guess.

 

Yeah, that's the restaurant I went to. I think two or three out of the many tables were taken. I had never dined in such an empty restaurant before. Service was top notch though. That whole experience put me off from FiDi.

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I know this thread mainly exists for Manton and others to complain about the humidity, but does anyone have some good restaurant/drinks recommendations?

 

It's been over a year since I've been in NYC, and I know things can be fast paced there. I already made reservations for the NoMad because I enjoy their chicken for two so much and the location is convenient, but my GF is part Japanese and doesn't really eat their cuisine all that often, so I'd like to take her to a good Japanese restaurant as well. 

 

For drinks, she likes cocktails, so I was wondering whether anything new has popped up in the past year? I like Angel's Share, PDT, Apotheke, ECC, etc., but it doesn't have to be a speakeasy per se. I was thinking top of the standard/boom boom room might be nice for the views, but it can be a bit pretentious at times.

 

Anyway, I'd really appreciate any recommendations!

You tried Kajitsu?  It's a one-star michelin restaurant.  Below are three star restaurants in NYC/

***Three Star Restaurants

  1. Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, Chef César Ramirez
  2. Daniel, Chef Daniel Boulud
  3. Eleven Madison Park, Chef Daniel Humm
  4. Jean Georges, Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten
  5. Le Bernardin, Chef Eric Ripert
  6. Masa, Chef Masa Takayama
  7. Per Se, Chef Thomas Keller
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Ahh, if only Dorsia existed in the city.

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