NYC, Sex and the City-style
friends and i are going to NYC for a few days. while we are students on a limited budget, we'd like to splurge on a nice place for drinks and appetizers. Someplace funky yet upscale. Gourmet apps, great wines and/or cocktails. My only point of reference is Cypress in Charleston, SC, where great ambiance, great service, 3 fabulous glasses of wine, and 3 amazing apps cost us $86. but well worth it for the good time and great food. any suggestions?
One fun place, with excellent mojitos, is Asia de Cuba. There was actually a SATC episode filmed there. Tao (also shown in SATC) is fun although I think the food is overrated. For something quiter, you could try Artisanal. They have over 200 types of cheese. You can get a great cheese plate and some interesting wines. I find the entrees to be so-so, but the cheese plate is lots of fun. It is more of a bistro than a trendy place, but I always hit it when I am in the area.
On my personal list for NYC, Sex and the City style:
Brunch: Norma's, Balthazar, Stanton Social
Snack: (people are going to roll their eyes) a cupcake from The Magnolia Bakery
Lunch: Nicole's (across the street from Barney's)
Mid-afternoon cocktail: (again, people will roll their eyes) The Central Park Boathouse
Dinner: Spice Market, Kittichai, 5 Ninth, Buddakhan, Morimoto, Babbo...
Go out/post-dinner drinks: Plunge @ Hotel Gansevoort, Cabana @ Maritime Hotel, Rue B, Kittichai/Bar @ 60 Thompson Hotel, Soho Grand hotel bar...
I second a cupcake at Magnolia bakery...fun to people watch while you're in line...and those cupcakes are sooo delicious.
Spice Market and Asia de Cuba are great recs for scene-y restaurants. Babbo will be impossible to get into.
And Maritime is a great suggestion for drinks. I would also add Bbar (Bowery Bar) for late night drinks. Have fun!
re: Crepe Suzette
Definitely Magnolia for a cupcake. Its more of a novelty thing, but the cupcakes are definitely good! Asia de Cuba is good, not GREAT, but it will probably be fun for what you are looking for. Its very LA and trendy. Babbo is fabulous, but i do agree with the above that it will be impossible to get into. You need to make a res a month in advance
You should probably note that most of those SATC type places are considered somewhat of a joke by actual New Yorkers. Many of them have mediocre to bad food and a suburban atmosphere/crowd.
You'll sell yourself short if you limit yourself to these kinds of establishments.
Also, adding SATC to your subject line or post will limit the number of responses from many of the knowledgeable regulars on this board. It can be a turnoff for some.
I, a new yorker, disagree! I think iit is fun to go to SATC places and some of the best restaurants were on the show. It may be a bit dated, but they did have 11 Madison on the show amung others.
one place that was on the show and might be fun (and resonible) is Sushi Samba. Good drinks, fun scene and good, interesting, food. The 7th ave one has a roof top bar.
I also think Bread Bar at Tabla would be fun.