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Trendy NYC Restaurant

I am celebrating my 21st birthday and I want to celebrate at a Trendy NYC restaurant. I was hoping for Spice Market but they are completely booked for the night I wanted.. So now I am struggling to find something else. I was hoping for the meatpacking area but if anyone has other suggestions I'll take them. I did Tao last year so I was trying to stay away from Buddha Bar and things exactly like Tao. I want something big, very trendy, and with amazing decor. The food should be good but I am more concerned with the atmosphere. So let me know any good suggestions!

Thanks so much!

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  1. Buddakan (May be too close to Tao style)
    Del Posto
    Megu (Tribeca)
    Elizabeth (smaller)

    1. Hi leeanne618,

      I think you are lucky that Spice Market is completely booked because it is a trendy restaurant with no substance (bad food). Chow_gal listed a few trendy options in meatpacking district, and for a 21st b-day I think Buddakan is will be the best choice. Del Posto's clientele is definitely older.

      Buddakan is more Chinese Fusion, so if you want Japanese fusion similar to Tao, you can try Morimoto. Stick with the apps and cooked dishes and avoid sushi, and you should do fine.

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      1. re: kobetobiko

        How can you say Spice Market has no substance? It's hands down my favorite restaurant in the city! The tapioca and tuna appetizer = the best.

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        Spice Market
        403 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10014

      2. Buddakan would be my top choice, Thor, Lure Fishbar

        www.thelunchbelle.com

        1. I'm not sure if this would be trendy enough but Perry St. If not check out Megu (get the kobe on the hot stone), Morimoto- awesome toilets and cutlery, Buddakan- similar to Tao, or Lure Fish Bar- good raw bar.

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          1. re: misnatalie

            perry street might be a little 30-year old trendy, rather than 21-year old trendy. hope that assessment isnt offensive to any fellow chow-ers!
            buddakan is definitely closest to spice market, but also close to tao.
            what about stanton social or suba -somewhere you can head out in the LES after, rather than focusing solely on MEPA.
            alternatively, what about red cat in lower chelsea?

            1. re: vatl619

              I completely agree on Stanton Social - I can totally see teen, early 20's people there. It is built for college students.

              I won't say Perry St is really 30-year old trendy (at least I hope not, as I am in my late 20 and i go there very often ^__^"), but it is more chic-trendy I think.

              I don't know if Suba will fit. The crowd there is sort of different from Tao's

              1. re: kobetobiko

                My friend did her 21st at Stanton Social...there were maybe 15 of us (?) and they did a special price fix menu for her where she picked the dishes. It was great.

                1. re: kobetobiko

                  Stanton Social is a total ripoff. My friend just did her 21st there. For $40, I got one fairly weak mojito and a small crab cake. Lame.

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                  Stanton Social
                  99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

            2. Thanks so much! Keep them coming!

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              1. re: leeanne618

                Avoid Fig & Olive. Pretty place, but food is lackluster. Perry Street, which was suggested above, is beautiful and its food is really good, but I think it is more "grown-up" than trendy. It will likely be a neighborhood fixture for years to come, whereas the trendy places are shooting stars. MEPA is already too popular for its own good. If you really want to go there, have drinks on the roof of the Gansevoort Hotel after 11.