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Hello all....

My boyfriend and I are meeting in NYC next weekend for some time away from his two week business trip.

We will be arriving in the afternoon on Friday and will do some walking around and shopping in Soho (we are staying at the Soho Grand, by the way). Friday night we have reservations at Stanton Social at 10:30. I would like to get wine/drinks and maybe an app before dinner and then wander our way to the LES. I was thinking possibly Public would fit the bill??? I could also use suggestions for after dinner. We like trendy, fun places that aren't too much of a scene.

Saturday we are going to be doing some walking around in Central Park, and the Village. My boyfriend wanted to get some good pizza, so we may either go to John's on Bleecker or walk across the Bridge to Grimaldi's.

Saturday night we are going to catch a Rangers hockey game (my b/f is originally from NY). I would like to get some pre-game drinks (suggestions?? not necessarily near MSG). And then we plan on doing dinner after the game, which should end around 9:30 - 10:00. Please critique the following restaurants I had in mind....

The Spotted Pig
Mas
Alta
Blue Ribbon

Any other suggestions or help would be great, (no asian food, please).

Thanks!!

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  1. spotted pig is great but unfortunately its MOBBED and no reservations. you actually stand the chance of waiting 2 hours for a table which unfortunately i just dont do anymore. going there during weekday lunch is a better bet to get in without a wait. get the gnuddi and the burger.

    mas is a nice restaurant on a quiet street in the west village but unfortunately the food isnt impressive and for the $, there are much better choices including...

    blue ribbon bakery on the corner of bedford and downing...actually next door to mas. very lively and very nyc. solid food, unpretentious, and always a good time. the menu is huge and the entrees are a bit overpriced but its still worth it. get the rack of lamb and the chocolate bread pudding.

    alta is meh for me...actually i dont like the food. for tapas, try tio pol which is close enough to madison square garden for your game. also for dinner that night, check out cookshop in chelsea which is on the west side and has a very lively atmosphere and solid food.

    stanton social is a bit of a bridge and tunnel scene so keep that in mind if you dont want that style. in that area, id suggest schillers which is crowded but cheap and fun.

    also, look into ed's lobster bar, 'ino, freemans, da andrea, arturo's for pizza, keens steakhouse for old school drinks near msg.