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NYC restaurant recommendations

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Ty_Webb, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. Ty_Webb

    Ty_Webb Senior member

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    I know that there are lots of threads on here with restaurant recommendations for NYC already, but I have a fairly specific list here. My parents and some other relations are coming into the city for a weekend in September. I'm looking for places to go Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

    Friday is steak night. Probably a reasonably large group (like 8-10 or so). Last year we went to Del Frisco's and that went down fairly well, so we could do that again, but if anyone has other suggestions, I'm all ears. We did Peter Luger's two years ago and I enjoyed it, but some others didn't. Not Smith and Wollensky or Capital Grille either.

    Saturday is a smaller group, probably 5 or 6 and we'd be looking for somewhere that's decent, but not hugely expensive - something in the 60-70 per head range (possibly plus wine). Something a little bit different would be good for this one.

    Sunday is going to be just my parents and me. Looking for somewhere nice for this one. Two years ago we did Daniel and that was awesome, but it's closed on Sundays. Looking for something of a similar price and quality to this, but obviously that's open on Sunday (rules out Le Bernardin too).

    Thanks in advance

    Ty
     


  2. mafoofan

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    For your Saturday meal, you can try Il Gattopardo, across from MoMA. One of my favorite restaurants at the price point you're talking about. However, if your friends are looking for somewhere trendy and loud, it's not for you. It's very quiet and elegant, but not at all fussy. A good place to go with 5 or 6 people who you actually want to talk to and are more interested in food than being in the right scene. Of course, you have to be in the mood for Italian.

    For Sunday, most of the French restaurants like Daniel are going to be closed. If you can make it to the Upper Westside, I'd try Dovetail. In my opinion, the food is on par with lots of those places. Recently ate at Blue Hill, too--very good, but we enjoyed Dovetail more. The chef is formerly of French Laundry.
     


  3. ErnestoG.

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    becco for pasta and a $25 winelist.
     


  4. Ty_Webb

    Ty_Webb Senior member

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    Thanks guys. Dovetail looks like it only has a limited menu on Sundays (Sunday Suppa) so I'm not sure about that. I'm thinking about Asiate (and also working on my dad on the idea of Per Se on Sunday - gonna be a struggle). Il Gattopardo certainly looks interesting. I'm not bothered about it being a "scene" type of place. More concerned with being able to talk to the people there and have a good time.
     


  5. Axelman 17

    Axelman 17 Senior member

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    Do these places need to be uptown?
     


  6. Ty_Webb

    Ty_Webb Senior member

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    No. My parents will be staying in midtown, but downtown is fine too (or anywhere else within reason too)
     


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    Bouley should be open on Sunday.
     


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    Perhaps Rouge Tomate for your Sunday? It's not Per Se but it's excellent and won't hit a four-digit number for three for dinner.

    Have eaten a lot of steak for business dinners... Quality Meats isn't quite as novel an experience as it once was but the food is reliably good. Strip House is worth considering if you're looking for a more interesting atmosphere. Dylan Prime (farther downtown) is also excellent and probably the best choice of the three for those who don't love beef.
     


  9. nmprisons

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    Try Vandaag or the Bar Room at the Modern for Saturday

    Sunday, if Per Se is in your budget, I would do that (though as others have said the wine there is painfully expensive). Otherwise, you might consider somewhere like Picholine and The Modern, both open Sundays and might work.

    Steaks . . . does it have to be a steakhouse? Craft has a wonderful Ribeye and often at least one large-format beef dish (cote de boeuf or the like) and they are always very well prepared. There will also be a similar pork cut and assorted other goodies. I love Minetta Tavern, though it is a bit expensive and might not work for a group of your size or type.
     


  10. GusW

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    I would head down to the Village for an intimate feel and atmosphere. I like Buvette for wine and French style small plates http://www.ilovebuvette.com/. Or around the corner is The Little Owl http://www.thelittleowlnyc.com/. I think either of these give a unique NYC experience, are small and quaint. They would be very different from one of the name steak places but in a good way.
     


  11. Ty_Webb

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    Thanks all, this is golden. Some digging to do, although it looks like Bouley and Rouge Tomate are both closed on Sundays. The Little Owl looks really good, but they don't take bookings for over 5 people, so that might only be possible on Sunday. We'll see. I couldn't find anything about reservations at Buvette, but will dig further tomorrow. I'll look into Vandaag and the Modern and also those steak places tomorrow too. Really appreciate everyone's help.

    Cheers :cheers:

    :bigstar:
     


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    For Saturday reserve ma peche for the beef seven ways. Heard so much about it and it seems like a great way to have dinner with 5 6 ppl
     


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    Friday: Striphouse or if you want to check out Eataly, do the steak at their restaurant
    Saturday: I love Vandaag, it is a little different and exceptional. They also make great cocktails. The suggestion of the beef dinner at Ma Peche or the whole pig at the Breslin would definitely both make for memorable experiences. If you are looking for interesting food, Recette in the west village is a good bet. I also like Seasonal in midtown, its in a totally bizarre, quiet area but the food is very good and the cuisine is not something you see elsewhere. Last but not least, see if you can get into Aldea, great portugese food which you are not likely to find elsewhere
    Sunday: I would try Marea or Del Posto for Italian or Eleven Madison Park
     


  14. GusW

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    Buvette doesn't take reservations. If you get their early you are OK.

    I think it is one of my two new favorite places in NYC to meet one or two people. I will be there in two weeks!

    Another cool place (but not too cool) is Tartinery. http://www.tartinery.com/ On Mulberry Street before you hit the marinara sauce joints. Small plate French bistro food and wine. Upstairs is a nice bar with a street view. Downstairs is a cool, modern setting. I will go back here as well.
     


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