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