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Looking for a cool trendy beautiful place

My Boyfriend and I are two late 20's proffessional, masculine, gay guys that will be Staying at The W Union Square Hotel in June for his birthday. Looking for a beautiful, trendy, maybe out of the way place, that will amaze him with the look and feel of the place as well as with the food. Any suggestions?

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  1. How about Buddakan? It is Asian Fusion but considerably better than most of the similar restaurants in NYC. Their appetizers are better, though the meat entrees are not bad either. Plenty of cocktails. It is the place "to see and to be seen". There were a lot of celebrity sights if you are into this sort of thing.

    1. Buddakan is my first thought. Great modern design, very trendy.

      1. How about the Waverly Inn--it's owned by Graydon Carter (Vanity Fair) and is so trendy they have an unlisted reservation line. http://nymag.com/restaurants/reviews/...

          1. re: thievery

            e, u,
            chinatown brasserie

            1. re: jsmitty

              I love Kittichai and Buddakan, but I think Kittichai has a great romantic aspect that Buddakan lacks (though the food is good).

          2. I've taken my professional gay cousin (30's) to the Meatpacking district a number of times when he was in from LA and he loves it. He really enjoyed Spice Market, Fig & Olive and Vento. They all have a bit of a scene and good food/drinks.

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            1. re: downtownstefanie

              I second Fig & Olive in the meatpacking. Huge, gorgeous space with very competent bartenders. Their charcuterie and cheese selection also looked delicious.

            2. I think Buddakan is just gorgeous, with good food and in the very trendy Meatpacking/Chelsea area. Kobe Club is supposed to be quite impressive, with samurai swords hanging from the ceiling, but has not gotten stellar reviews, food-wise, though if you're steak kinda guys, and price is not an issue, what's better than Kobe-style?!

              1. Perry St, with it's Richard Meier design and JGV's food-especially perfect around sunset, with the sun streaming in the floor-to-ceiling windows.

                1. If the weather is good you could sit outside at Da Silvano. Great vibe/people watching, food and nice crowd.

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                  1. re: rjm

                    The Modern, The Boathouse, Perry Street, Nougatine, Eleven Madison Park