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madra dubh Oct 24, 2006 09:44 PM

Hi- I'm coming in late to NYC (10 p.m.) after a food deprived flight. Want a fun and good place to take two 18 y/o girls, who have never been to and can't wait to see NYC! Any recommendations?

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    Briek Oct 25, 2006 02:33 PM

    I suggest going to Cafeteria in Chelsea. It's open 24 hours and it always has a ton of people inside. I think the food is good and they have a lot of options.

    IMO the problem with eating near the financial district is that it gets a little empty at night. Taking a cab up to Chelsea might be worth it for the NYC experience.

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      Sean Dell Oct 25, 2006 02:20 PM

      For two 18yo's downtown, I strongly suggest Balthazar on Spring St, a short cab-ride from where you'll be staying.

      If you go a little East, on Rivington St, you can get to Schiller's, which has the best fish n chips in New York and is a great, vibey, scene. It's part of the Balthazar (Keith McNally) group of restaurants, so the quality is high.

      Beir Bua,

      - Sean (Madra Rua)

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        Pupster Oct 24, 2006 11:27 PM

        For your location down in the Financial District, you are better off staying downtown. Odeon or Landmarc comes to mind, but Balthazar or Blue Ribbon would work too. Willing to go a little further? 'inoteca or Stanton Social in the bustling area of LES -- lots will be happening there late at night and Katz will be there too, always a good late night choice.

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          RCC Oct 24, 2006 10:19 PM

          Are you looking for a D-I-N-E-R ?

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          1. re: RCC
            madra dubh Oct 25, 2006 01:49 AM

            I was originally thinking about a diner, like the Empire Diner (forgot the name), but some of these other places yoiiou've mentioned sound maybe better. Thanks!

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            thegenia Oct 24, 2006 10:07 PM

            i second florent!

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            1. re: thegenia
              madra dubh Oct 24, 2006 10:19 PM

              Thanks you guys. I checked out their web site, and it looks like fun and good food. Not too far from where we're staying, also!

              1. re: madra dubh
                mrnyc Oct 24, 2006 10:45 PM

                if you want a modernized classic old american diner instead i'd add that EMPIRE DINER in chelsea is open all nite. if you meant diner specifically and not 'dinner' that is?

                1. re: madra dubh
                  Bob Martinez Oct 25, 2006 02:27 PM

                  Another vote for Florent. The kids will like the vibe and the food is pretty good.

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                1. Woodside Al Oct 24, 2006 10:00 PM

                  Where will you be staying? That may be of some help in recommending a place.

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                  1. re: Woodside Al
                    madra dubh Oct 24, 2006 10:01 PM

                    We'll be staying in the financial district, Williams and Pine. What about walking up to Katz's?

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                    Denial Oct 24, 2006 09:56 PM

                    I would go to Morimoto. I think i would have loved that place at 18yo.

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