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A quintessential nyc diner- open late

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

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

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      1. re: Woodside Al

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

          1. re: thegenia

            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

              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

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

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

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              1. re: RCC

                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!

              2. 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.

                1. 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)

                  1. 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.