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After living here for four years my roommate is leaving NYC for good. We are looking for a great place for six of us to go out Friday night for one last dinner in NYC. What are your best suggestions?

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  1. Don't know your budget...Some of the restaurants would be hard to get into tomorrow night at this point...My favorite restaurant, though I love many in NY, is Balthazar...Then again, don't know where you are going, but NY pizza is impossible to find anywhere else but NY, so you may want to go to your very favorite place for pizza.....

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    1. re: jinet12

      We actually already tried to get a res at Balthazar and many others, but it was booked. We also tried Po, August, Phesant, Craft, Pearl Oyster Bar, River Cafe, Stanton Social, and Public.

      I know this is kind of a tall order at the last minute, but if there are any other suggestions, let me know. Thanks.

      1. re: MRG

        Try getting on opentable.com and see what it available. Are you opposed to going for an earlier dinner or a later dinner? What about Wallse, Kittichai, EU (same guys behind August)?

        1. re: MRG

          Looking at the list of places you've already tried, it appears your cuisine preferences and budget are pretty wide open though you are focusing on downtown locations. Here are a few suggestions:

          Checking OpenTable, I see that Eleven Madison has a table for 6 at 9:30 p.m. Since people on this board know precisely how I feel about EMP and Chef Humm's exquisite cuisine, I will leave it at that.

          http://www.elevenmadisonpark.com

          At Urena, on 28th St., b/t Madison & Park Av. S., Alex Urena is serving some of the most delicious food we've had recently. Though there is some Spanish influence, the menu he's created is essentially an eclectic mix of mouth-watering flavors. The early problems with the lighting have been fixed, so the dining room is now attractive and comfortable. Despite all the positives, reservations are still easy to get.

          http://www.urena-nyc.com

          Tides, the excellent fish/seafood shack on the LES, is teensy, but you might luck out. http://www.tidesseafood.com

      2. I have to agree with the pizza suggestion. I used to live in NJ and have been in California for over 10 years now, and all I can think about is Lombardi's pizza. At the very least, order some for take-out on the way to the airport. I beg of you.

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        1. re: LisaStitch

          In that case, go to Arturo's.

          Otherwise, maybe Barrio Chino, BLTFish, or Strip House? Random, but so is your list...

          I would add in Corner Bistro if it were me going out with 5 buddies, but not sure about you all.

        2. it's going to be cold friday night. go somewhere with an open oven, hearth or fireplace. peasant? molly's??

          1. Where is your friend heading to? May be based on that we can recommend a place that is harder to find in her new city so that he / she can enjoy it one last time?