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Anything near 342 west 14th street, new york city?

jewels_vancouver Mar 23, 2008 08:22 AM

Going to get my hair done at 7pm on a Saturday night at that address (Blow Salon) - should I stay in that area for dinner or go somewhere else? Suggestions? I am worried we might be tired as it is a travelling day for us, so we would save our "experience $$$$" meal for another night. But still would like something lively,a little trendy,with good food and interesting people watching.

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    bud0711 RE: jewels_vancouver Mar 23, 2008 09:17 AM

    try crave on 42nd st, chef is Dave Martin from Season 1 top chef! Amazing black truffle mac and cheese.

    650 west 42nd st

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      jewels_vancouver RE: bud0711 Mar 23, 2008 10:13 AM

      Well, I DO order truffle mac n cheese every time I see it, thank you for the rec!

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      mrnyc RE: jewels_vancouver Mar 23, 2008 09:31 AM

      you are in a very trendy restaurant area, although not necessarily a good value one, so trend carefully.

      if you want to keep expenses down you could take your new 'do ;) to FLORENT before it closes for good. it's great people watching, ok food. that's my suggestion. NAKA NAKA is reasonable for japanese food and it is supercute and traditional, you might like that.

      if what you mean by "a little trendy" happens to be strictly in the food department and not decor, then try FATTY CRAB.

      if you want to spend big money there are lots of meatpacking district options like mario's DEL POSTO, MORIMOTO, CRAFTSTEAK, etc. depends what you are in the mood for.

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        jewels_vancouver RE: mrnyc Mar 23, 2008 10:17 AM

        How come Florent is closing?

        Where I am from, our Japanese is PRETTY good with a ton of Izayakas, so would probably stay away from Japanese for fear of being disappointed...but maybe I am wrong?

        Def. want to try one of the big money places for sure the next night, thank you!

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          RGR RE: jewels_vancouver Mar 23, 2008 06:02 PM

          Florent is closing for a very common reason in NYC: The landlord is raising the rent to an astronomical amount, far beyond what Florent's owner can afford.

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        RGR RE: jewels_vancouver Mar 23, 2008 09:42 AM

        Crispo is right there, on 14th, b/t 7th & 8th Avs. I haven't been, but it has loads of fans on this board.


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          Olive123 RE: RGR Mar 23, 2008 10:01 AM

          I would also suggest Crispo. It is very close, and while I wasn't blown away by everything I had, it was quite good and I would definitely go back. The panna cotta was delicious. Well-priced, solid food. We ate in the back glassed-in area, which was lovely at night. It gets pretty crowded in there, so you would be able to do some people-watching, but I would not characterize it as trendy at all.

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