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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.

            1. You can try Buddakan. If you don't go crazy with the drinks, it can probably fit your budget.

              1. Alta is a great tapas spot and good for groups.

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                1. re: megaepicure

                  I second Alta. Small plates and great atomphere, but different enough from Stanton Social. More of a find than a destination scene.

                  1. re: Stuffed Monkey

                    I'll third that. Tried on my last visit to NYC and was happily surprised. Prices are fair, wine selection is good and food is yummy. The place looks nice and it's just a little off the beaten path so not touristy. Service is also very friendly but professional. Was really pleased. IF you do go, try the Rice Krispies treat, it's interesting and very good. We're going back to NYC next week ands won't go back just because we want to try something new or else we'd be back in a heartbeat.

                    Inoteca or Ino could also work. I prefer Inoteca just because I like the LES location. Wine selection is wide and food is really good. Only problem is they only take reservation for groups of 6 or more so it can be quite a wait.

                    1. re: Campofiorin

                      We actually tried to make reservations on Monday for Alta but they were booked and so that's why I was looking for alternative suggestions. Would we be able to show up, sit at the bar and have drinks, and wait for an opening?

                      1. re: agemgnani

                        I wish I could tell but I'm not from NYC and tried it based on what I read here. You might call them and ask. When we were there, we had a 6:30 rez on a sat. night. Place was quiet but it was full by 7:30.