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Visitors from Chicago looking for fun,trendy, unique to NY place for Friday!

There are about 5 of us (twenty-somethings) in from Chicago looking for a recommendation for Friday night dinner. Somewhere trendy, great food (preferably a small plates or tapas but not necessary), unique to NY (meaning not a chain or too touristy), and around the price range of $60 pp after food, drinks, etc. Thanks for your help!!!

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  1. I think you would like Punch. Lively, great atmosphere, not expensive and not touristy. They have a large selection of appetizers and salads, most of which are easily shared, in addition to standard size main courses. The food is varied and delicious, and service is excellent.

    www.punchrestaurant.com

    1. Kuma Inn has interesting and affordable Filipino tapas. The atmosphere is cool and cozy, reservations a must. Plus it is BYOB. Lots of options for post-dinner drinks in the area. www.kumainn.com

      1. How about Stanton Social? It has small plates and a great atmosphere. There is also a lounge upstairs to enjoy some yummy cocktails. It might be a tad above your price, but it's worth it.

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        1. re: rachelmle

          Thanks so much for the suggestions. I have actually been to Stanton Social the last time I was in town. Exactly the atmosphere/food I am looking for. I appreciate the help!!

        2. Try 'ino in the West Village. Best to show up early since it can get crowded, but the food (Italian small plates) is great. If for some reason that is too packed, you can also go down the street to Snack Taverna and have some really good Greek plates.

          1. what about pipa? great tapas place - nr ABC Carpet.