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sexiest restaurant in manhattan?

red Dec 2, 2004 01:44 PM

what do you all think the "sexiest" restaurant is in manhattan? not romantic, but sexy.

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    doc RE: red Dec 2, 2004 01:53 PM

    good question,hmmmmm...

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      Donna F RE: red Dec 2, 2004 01:54 PM

      Katz Deli.

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        c212 RE: Donna F Dec 2, 2004 02:02 PM

        I thought Al Goldstein worked at the 2nd Ave. Deli, though? ;)

        I'm confused by the question. Sexy, as in sexy staff and clientele? Or sexy, as in a sensual, almost erotic dining experience? Or some combination?

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          red RE: c212 Dec 2, 2004 02:04 PM

          the experience - food, decor, drinks, etc. not the waitstaff.

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            bystander9 RE: red Dec 2, 2004 03:10 PM

            ...and all those heaping mounds of wet, cured meat. Yum!

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            nat RE: c212 Dec 2, 2004 03:33 PM

            Me too (confused). Does OP mean "restaurants that make you want to have sex"? Well, once at a far west side diner I actually heard people getting it on in the bathroom, but I wouldn't call the place "sexy."

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            bobjbkln RE: Donna F Dec 2, 2004 07:58 PM

            Oh, oh, oh, yes, yes ,yes! (Don't you remember that scene from when Harry Met Sally?)

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              theannerska RE: bobjbkln Oct 9, 2009 11:04 PM

              Yes -- I'll have what she's having!

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            its RE: red Dec 2, 2004 01:57 PM

            The Red Rooster on Avenue A near 13th Street I think. DEFINITELY, THE sexiest place in the city.

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              646 RE: its Dec 2, 2004 03:03 PM


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              bobbyCT RE: red Dec 2, 2004 02:14 PM

              The Strip House or Dylan Prime.Scores also serves food but I don't think that is what you are looking for.

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                xavier RE: red Dec 2, 2004 02:32 PM

                I'll take this one seriously. One candidate is Kittichai, Thai in Soho; others are Asiate in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel or Chez es Saada in the east village.

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                  doc RE: xavier Dec 2, 2004 03:30 PM

                  agree, chez es saada, a long time fave

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                    windycity RE: xavier Oct 7, 2009 03:27 PM

                    Kittichai has great atmosphere but the food is only so so.

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                    Marc Shepherd RE: red Dec 2, 2004 02:55 PM

                    I'd say Megu. I've been there with several women, and they all find it a turn-on.

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                      doc RE: Marc Shepherd Dec 2, 2004 03:29 PM

                      that was my thinking as well..esp the upsatirs..small room

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                        Farfalle RE: Marc Shepherd Dec 3, 2004 11:47 PM

                        No, no, no, no. You're mistaken, I think. They find it a turn-on only when the $2,000 bill comes and you pay it.

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                          mjfoodlover RE: Farfalle Oct 8, 2009 09:44 AM

                          LOL. It is ridiculously expensive, but it is a very sexy room.

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                            taboo RE: Farfalle Oct 8, 2009 01:24 PM

                            So funny Farfalle, but yes, you are right. Being a woman and having been taken out many, many, many times there are lots of restaurants that are "sexy". I agree with Strip Steak, but elegant sexy, I would pick Scarpetta, Babbo, flor de sol (tribeca) and the new Abe & Arthur. More intimate, I might choose Allen & Dellancy, Ermenia or something like that. There are SO many to choose from. :)

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                          Averal RE: red Dec 2, 2004 04:26 PM

                          How would you consider "Zerza", sexy or romantic?

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                            Eric K. RE: red Dec 2, 2004 05:00 PM

                            Cafe des Artistes

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                              Sir Gawain RE: Eric K. Dec 3, 2004 11:37 AM

                              You're joking, I hope...

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                                Farfalle RE: Eric K. Dec 3, 2004 11:46 PM

                                sexy? Heheh.. thats a pretty funny pick.

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                                bookistan RE: red Dec 2, 2004 06:23 PM

                                I'll give a vote to Matsuri in the Maritime Hotel.

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                                  Jon RE: bookistan Dec 2, 2004 10:35 PM

                                  Anyplace that serves really good oysters!

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                                  dkstar1 RE: red Dec 2, 2004 09:31 PM

                                  wow. great question. Some will disagree, but what about Brasserie? Entering the place will either make you feel like a million bucks or a bag of dirt. So I see why it might get questioned.

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                                    Burgereater RE: red Dec 3, 2004 08:28 AM

                                    Alot of reviews claim Suba on the LES to be the sexiest restaurant in Manhattan. I guess they have a theme one night a week where they completly black the place out and you eat in total darkness - haven't been yet; but I've read numerous sources that claim it to be erotic.

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                                      josephsm RE: red Dec 3, 2004 10:46 AM

                                      Definitely Mesa Grill. I've never paid the bill there without feeling totally #%@*ed.

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                                        Nehna RE: red Dec 3, 2004 03:45 PM

                                        I'd vote for Suba.

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                                          OscarA RE: Nehna Oct 7, 2009 01:24 PM

                                          Hello folks. I have bad news. I actually came across this blog in my efforts to find a sexy restaurant to take the place of SUBA, which was at the top of my list. The food there was pretty decent (not fantastic), but the decor was very sexy (exposed brick, water, lights, etc...). I called to make a reservation recently and was astonished to learned they had closed down. Booooo!

                                          I'll look into some of the suggestions above. Thanks.

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                                            small h RE: OscarA Oct 7, 2009 01:54 PM

                                            Suba's been replaced by Los Feliz - you may like the decor at the new place. Look, bricks!


                                            P.S. Chez Es Saada is also gone, so you can cross that one off your list, also.

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                                          bronwen RE: red Oct 8, 2009 07:14 AM

                                          The answers all seem to be rather flippant on this one! Any sumptious restaurant like Daniel would be sexy. La Grenouille is sexy for a woman as it's filled with flowers. I would have said Cafe des Artistes (RIP) with the marvelous murals. Places where you have little tables and dark lighting (like Keen's) are sexy too.

                                          1. NYJewboy RE: red Oct 8, 2009 07:35 AM

                                            This question could only be asked in degenerate times.

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                                              fm1963 RE: red Oct 8, 2009 09:39 AM

                                              I will regret this, but here goes:

                                              Some restaurants are more conducive to debauchery than others. Too many toddlers and babies will ruin the mood (this effectively eliminates all the restaurants in the Upper West Side). So will bright lighting or mediocre food.

                                              Churrascaria Plataforma is sexy, because of the testosteroney vibe. And so is La Grenouille, for its cougar-esque charms. Jean Georges if you like goodlooking finance types. Jojo for romance. Raoul’s for something more illicit.

                                              But for real sexiness and discretion, nothing beats take-out :)

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                                                misnatalie RE: fm1963 Oct 10, 2009 08:32 PM

                                                For atmosphere there is a level of sexiness at Buddakan, Le Souk, and Strip House.

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