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.. on a cold afternoon, where to hang out

  • Peg Feb 9, 2007 11:31 AM
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I'll be in Manhattan for a week (from the UK) from Feb 17 with a friend who has never visited NY before - not even the US come to that... the weather forecast is cold... After a few days of intense tourism, we'll need to chill/warm somewhere for an afternoon (say 11 am - 3pm) - great NY atmosphere, fab nibbly food, comfortable seating for lounging about, great drinks (cocktails or wine), and a great changing view (ie passing/imbibing people - and a great street or skyline if possible).

We are adventurous eaters (already booked WD-50), and prefer seafood and veg over meat. Money no object (the trip is being financed by a bequest).

Where should we hang out? (we are both straight women, if that makes a difference).

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  1. here are a few ideas (i'm a writer, so i face the challenge of killing time in the afternoon on a daily basis):
    -- Balthazar is great around 3pm on a weekday...get a wooden booth in the bar area or a banquet in the back and split a dozen oysters and a carafe of wine and a salad...sort of perfect...
    -- Lucien...the tiny, E.Village version of the above...grab the seat by the window, get an endive salad, escargot, lots of wine, maybe chocolate cake...introduce yourself to the owner...
    -- Lupa...not as comfy but still a lovely 3pm restaurant...
    -- Cafe Cafe in Soho (GreeneSt)...food is just so-so and no wine, but a very nice coffee rest-stop in Soho w/ nice people-watching...favored by models and Japanese tourists...
    -- if you can hold out til 5pm, hit n33 on Crosby St for tapas and wine...crowded bar scene later on...introduce yourself to the bartender Matt if he's working...
    -- while it's not a comfy hangout, i think the Grand Central Oyster Bar is a must for a first-time-visitor who likes seafood...sit at the bar itself...get raw oysters, fried oysters, maybe a salad, and lots of different wines by the glass...if possible get the Bangladeshi waiter at the bar Jitu (sp?) to pick out the oysters for you...a great place to eat at 3 or 4pm...

    Have fun!...

    1. Stone Rose in the Time Warner Building @ Columbus Circle. Take in the incredible views as you lounge and nibble appetizers.

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      1. re: acpi

        i could be wrong but i think stone rose opens late afternoon (4 or 5 p.m.?)

      2. "afternoon (say 11 am - 3pm) - great NY atmosphere, fab nibbly food, comfortable seating for lounging about, great drinks (cocktails or wine), and a great changing view (ie passing/imbibing people - and a great street or skyline if possible)."

        Gusto in the West Village fits the bill - open throughout the afternoon, great street (Greenwich Ave), wine/cocktails/nibbles, cool decor, very comfortable, esp. if you get a banquette in the front and you should be able to easily at that time, ppl-watching, very "Village"

        Balthazar too

        if you end up near Columbus Circle, either Boucheron Bakery in "the mall" (Time Warner Building) or the lobby bar of the Mandarin Oriental (same bldg but a different entrance - on W. 60th St.) not the best nibbles but a fab view

        1. friends and i always had a great time at the Spotted Pig in the west village with a few bottles of their tempranillo...also a great place for people and dog watching.