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Hi. My brother is in town next weekend. He is getting married this summer so we're gonna get a weekend in of brotherly quality time. I'm trying to think of an appropriate place for a special dinner Sat night. Perhaps something with a masculine feel, but don't really want to do the typical bachelor steakhouse thing. Was thinking of trying Del Posto, but is it worth the price tag?

Somewhere downtown-ish (say anywhere below midtown). Any cuisine. Price is not really an issue, but only if it's worth it! Thanks for any suggestions.

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  1. Hi billyeats, I like Del Posto, but I don't think it's nearly as good as another Batali restaurant, Babbo. If you don't mind eating early, it shouldn't be too hard to do it as a walk in and sit at the bar. I've walked in around 5:30 on two occasions in the past year and haven't had a problem getting seated.

    Really no cuisine preferences at ALL? Also, where is your bro from? There are cities / regions that do certain things much better than we do it in NYC and I wouldn't want to recommend those.

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    1. re: cimui

      Although I love the walk-in thing at Babbo, I really feel more comfortable having a reservation for that evening. If I can still get one that is! Also, 530 is a little on the early side for that night.

      He is from Burlington, VT for what it's worth. I really am open to any cuisine.

      1. re: billyeats

        just looked at your previous posts. looks like you've been around the dining block quite a bit. the only newish restaurant below midtown that has floored me in the recent past was soto in the w. village. i know some people find it overpriced, though. it's a good place for lingering over conversation.

        i also think Market Table is pretty good.

        blue ribbon bakery is a tried and true oldie, but goodie.

        if you're younger (30s or younger), you might enjoy the scene at stanton social. food is good, though all the small plates can add up if you're a big eater.

        and there have been lots of raves about Degustation on the board as of late. I haven't tried, but it's high on my own list.

        (Burlington, huh? pretty good dining town, but no Ben & Jerry's for dessert, i guess.)

        1. re: cimui

          it's funny, all those you mentioned came to mind.

          i've been to market table a fair amount recently so i'm kind of burned out on it.

          stanton social - don't love it.

          believe it or not i've never been to blue ribbon. for some reason, i think of it as more of a date spot than appropriate for this particular evening. maybe i'm way off base.

          degustation...now that intrigues me. have a bad feeling they're gonna be booked but i will try!

          correct - we will be skipping ben & jerrys and anything maple!

          1. re: billyeats

            How about Craftsteak? They have individual steaks as well as steaks for two. The mixed mushrooms, yukon gold potato puree, and spinach gratin are excellent, amazing wine list too. When your bellies are happy, you can walk across the street to Morimoto for some sake, then walk over to the Meatpacking District for a night of fun on the town!! :)

            1. re: billyeats

              Degustation would be a great choice, but if you can't get in I would recommend Olana, where it is still easy to reserve on short notice (it's been open a few months) though the food is superb and the ambiance elegant, but not stuffy. Scarpetta, which just opened at 14th and 9th, may be a good choice. The chef is Scott Conant, formerly of L'Impero, and the menu looks very interesting. I get the impression it is expected to be more "hip" than Del Posto.

      2. i go to blue ribbon bakery on bedford with my guy friends all the time. the place is completely comfortable for guys, the food is all excellent and the menu is vast...steak, lamb chops, fish...everything is just great.

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        1. re: sam1

          yep, i go with groups, i've been with my family. not very datey at all IMO. plus, a lot of the food is too messy and/or stinky for the decorum typically expected for dates one through ten. :) i usually end up with liver breath, which only my dog finds attractive.