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stella10022 May 16, 2007 08:11 AM

Need a place anywhere in Manhattan that is:

Upscale (price is not a problem)
Any neighborhood
Funky, but not like down-home funky, but hip and different
NOT Sushi
Also, food must be decent.

This is the kicker: everywhere is booked. Suba, Public, Tasting Room, WD50, Red Cat---all booked

I need from 7pm-8:30 for seven people for this Saturday.

Any ideas?

Please... I will be very grateful for help. :)

Rose Water..Thanks..about Yakitori Totto..I called was hung up on and then busy signal...

Any others?

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  1. rose water RE: stella10022 May 16, 2007 08:13 AM

    Yakitori Totto?

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      stella10022 RE: rose water May 16, 2007 08:16 AM

      Rose Water..Thanks..about Yakitori Totto..I called was hung up on and then busy signal...

      Any others?

    2. funkymonkey RE: stella10022 May 16, 2007 08:21 AM

      the pickings are slim, but have a look at opentable and see what you can get.

      seems to me that the best option would be to call the places that don't take reservations, unless you're a large group, like blue ribbon and landmarc.

      1. noot RE: stella10022 May 16, 2007 08:23 AM


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          stella10022 RE: noot May 16, 2007 08:33 AM

          Thanks Noot.
          I'm not sure Periyali is hip enough. Thanks though!!

          Anything similar to the TAO vibe (they are booked).

        2. kelea RE: stella10022 May 16, 2007 08:28 AM

          Buddakan? They can accomodate larger parties

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            stella10022 RE: kelea May 16, 2007 08:34 AM

            Thanks, Kelea forgot to mention I did call Buddhan and they are booked.

            Good call though right on the money!! Similar to that!!

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              nikky RE: stella10022 May 16, 2007 08:44 AM

              Along the same vein - sharing plates, good cocktails - what about Kittichai?

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                bigjeff RE: nikky May 17, 2007 12:11 PM

                too bad kittichai was booked? had some stupendous meals there before and great for large groups.

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            RGR RE: stella10022 May 16, 2007 08:33 AM

            Perhaps, Amalia? It's on 55th St., b/t B'way & 7th Av. Delicious Mediterranean cuisine. As regards the ambiance, I thought the decor was beautiful with a very hip feel, i.e., more downtown than midtown. Even though you'd be going during pre-theater time (restaurants in that area tend to empty out around 7:45), it's a big place, and it's relatively new, so you might have a good chance of getting a table. Their website is still under construction, but the telephone number is there: http://www.amalia-nyc.com

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              kobetobiko RE: stella10022 May 16, 2007 08:36 AM

              I agree with Buddakan suggestion. It is huge so I think you should be able to get a reservation. Suggestions on dishes are the dim sum and appetizers, and the poultry itmes in entrees. Stay away from the rice and noodles. Cocktails are very interesting, and desserts are excellent! I think you will have a good time!

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                jsgjewels RE: stella10022 May 16, 2007 08:45 AM

                Alta? Freemans (they only take rezzies for large parties)? I'm sure you tried Stanton Social... Kittichai? Kion Dining Lounge (cool, good food, but not tragically hip)...

                1. jmo9 RE: stella10022 May 16, 2007 08:48 AM

                  The House
                  Waverly Inn
                  Blue Hill
                  Spice Market
                  ...not so "different", but I love Mesa Grill

                  Good luck!

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                    stella10022 RE: jmo9 May 16, 2007 09:15 AM

                    Thanks jmo9, jsgjewels, kobetobiko, nikky, kelea, noot, rosewater, RGR and funky monkey! GOOD ideas from everyone!!

                    we've decided on La Grenoiulle - not hip but good
                    hip places were booked-

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                      RGR RE: stella10022 May 16, 2007 10:06 AM

                      There are probably not too many restaurants in NYC as far removed from hip as La Grenouille!

                      Enjoy and Bon Appetit!

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                        stella10022 RE: RGR May 16, 2007 11:09 AM

                        Thanks RGR!! Have you been there? Is it good?

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                          MMRuth RE: stella10022 May 16, 2007 11:30 AM

                          I'm not RGR - but I do love La Grenouille - definitely not hip, but an incredibly beautiful room - I'll dig up my review - it wasn't a complete glow - but might be helpful in terms of ordering.


                          I realize some of it is a bit negative - so one big tip is to make sure you sit across from one another and not next to one another on a banquette - you'll see what I mean when you read the review. The food is excellent - you might want to check out the menu on their website.


                          If you can peruse the wine list, it's worth doing that too, as I recall it being somewhat overwhelming.

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