Need Great Scene/Decent Food in Manhatten
Hello New Yorkers. I am coming from the prairie to NYC in November with some colleagues. Usually when in NY I go to the restaurants that I think have the best food. This time I'm looking for a bustling place with a cool NY scene and good people watching. But I don't want the food to suck. Doesn't have to be best of the best, but decent. Any place like that come to mind? Would appreciate any suggestions.
You could show them the Big glitzy, Food Network chefs, beautifully designed, 'experience' restaurants:
All in the same area; Meatpacking district
Spice Market (food gets panned on these boards)
Or there's the trendy, fun, hip, Paris Hilton, party crowds:
The Stanton Social, Lower East Side
THOR, Lower East Side
SAPA is also a beautiful space.
I went to Mr. Chow in Tribeca over the weekend - need to post review - and while the food doesn't blow you away, it's pretty good, and definitely a scene. I certainly prefer it to the mid-town Mr. Chow.