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Need Great Scene/Decent Food in Manhatten

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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.

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  1. Balthazar?

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    1. re: Scott V

      That was our choice last year. We had a blast. TX

    2. Union Square Cafe?

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      1. re: fauchon

        I have the cookbook. That is a fine suggestion. TX

      2. You could show them the Big glitzy, Food Network chefs, beautifully designed, 'experience' restaurants:
        All in the same area; Meatpacking district
        Morimoto
        Del Posto
        Buddakan
        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.

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        1. re: chow_gal

          Thanks much -- those are all new names to me. I will do some research on them.

        2. 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.

          1. Another new name. I have been stuck in my French rut. Thanks so much.