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One night in Manhattan where to dine?

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My husband and I will be staying at the Soho Grand Hotel on west broadway next weekend for a wedding. We will only have one night to go out for dinner and probably lunch Saturday and Sunday. We are in our late 20's and would like rec's for some fantastic food in a restaurant that isn't to stuffy (looking for something more hip but we amazing food!) We love to eat and get dressed up! Keep in mind we are going NEXT week (may 9-11) and have not made reservations so would like to hear of places that don't require too much advance notice on reservations. Would love to hear any advice! Thanks!

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  1. What is your upper limit in terms of budget? Will you be drinking wine? Any dietary restrictions or allergies (i.e., no shellfish, etc)? What kind of cuisine do you like?

    1. My brother came to visit with 6 days notice last week, and we chose to go to Momofuku Ssam (no reservations required) and Degustation (requires reservations, but had no trouble getting them). Degustation was really amazing and sounds like the type of place you would enjoy. Momofuku Ssam was good but not great - however, it's a very "hip," happening place, so you might enjoy the scene.

      1. Stanton Social. If you can't get a reservation at the restaurant, go and eat at the lounge. Great place for young out-of-towners to enjoy a very good meal in a cool setting.

        1. I have never been dissappointed by EMP. (Eleven Madison Park.)

          Although, tell us what type of cuisine you prefer...then we can narrow it down. EMP just came to my mind.

          Have fun!

          For lunch try Landmarc in Tribeca..close to your hotel.

          1. For one of your lunches you must go to Perry St. Fabulous food, sophisticated ambiance, and a bargain at $24 for 3 courses + amuses and petit fours.

            For dinner, try Bar Blanc. It's young and hip, and the food is top-notch. Prices are moderate to expensive. If you can't get a res there, try Olana. Elegant and comfortable with superb food.