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AST Jun 6, 2007 03:47 PM

Hello! I am hoping to get input for a bachelorette party in Manhattan. Criteria is that it be downtown (pref westside), trendy, yet delicious. Not the typical bachelorette party - just looking for a really buzzy place for a fabulous meal with 10 girls. Thanks!

  1. m
    monkey2 Jun 6, 2007 08:44 PM

    If you are looking for a great meal downtown and don't mind going near to the seaport - for a large group I would recommend MarkJoseph Steakhouse - one of my favorites. I have been there for a bachelorette party and I think we called ahead and got a special menu ??? can't remember I would call them or see if they have a website - It is classy and delicious. good luck!

    1. financialdistrictresident Jun 7, 2007 03:40 AM

      MJ is on the Eastside. Not trendy, old boy, business, steakhouse kinda place.

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        monkey2 Jun 7, 2007 05:39 AM

        Have you been there on a Friday or Saturday night recently? Quite a different atmosphere than during the week very much a young local crowd - and you can't go wrong with the food you are sure to get a good meal. Great for large groups and I have seen young groups there for bachelor parties. It is by the seaport - out of the way call for directions.

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          financialdistrictresident Jun 7, 2007 05:56 AM

          monkey 2, thanks for the info. I've only been there for business during the week. Standard steakhouse fare, good solid food. MJ is on Water Street, North of Peck Slip before you get to Bridge Cafe and after you walk past Acqua. The Seaport North neighborhood is very different Thursday-Friday vs. Saturday - Wednesday. Nelson Blue is also "scene," more of a bar atmoshere, a few tables (booth & stools), they have food (reviews are mixed, my friend really liked the lambchops). The Nelson Blue space is probably not appropriate for a small party. Plus AST "pref West side". I'm not good re: advice for scene/trendy/buzzy places (not my preference).

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        scanditrash Jun 7, 2007 06:26 AM

        employees only awesome food, buzzy, great cocktails

        1. k
          kiworan79 Jun 7, 2007 06:28 AM

          What about Stanton Social? Not on the west side, but it definitely buzzes, is trendy and the food is good. Definitely fun for 10 girls!

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            SarahSparkles Jun 7, 2007 08:38 AM

            Dylan Prime is a great steakhouse in Tribeca. Very hip, modern, not your average steakhouse at all. Perry St. on West Street in the West Village is simply a gorgeous room. They have nice, big tables as I recall, so great for a group. Son Cubano in the meatpacking district is lively and fun, with great drinks.

            One last suggestion -- I planned a bachelorette party for about 12 women at Flor de Sol, a tapas place in Tribeca. Same owners as Son Cubano, and they had a great group dinner deal. Unlimited tapas and sangria or beer for two hours or so. Came to about $75 per person, and well worth it. Constant flow of plates and (most importantly) sangria! We had a great time....

            1. re: SarahSparkles
              financialdistrictresident Jun 7, 2007 08:56 AM

              FYI - My friend had a bad experience at Perry Street recently and does not plan to go back (food not service).

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            kobetobiko Jun 7, 2007 09:19 AM

            If you want a sceney place, I suggest Buddakan. The decor is magnificent and the spacious rooms are ideal for large group celebration. They have a lot of interesting cocktails, and their appeitizers and dim sums (Asian fusion for the most part) are surprising good. I didn't care too much for the rice/noodel dishes, but most of the items on the menu are quite delicious. Desserts are also good. This is definitely a place to see and been seen with better food than most of the sceney places.

            The location is 75 9th Ave btwn 15th & 16th St (Meatpacking District).

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