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Trendy restaurant recommendation tonight for 4

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I have already selected Brasserie 8 1/2 but was wondering if there were any suggestions out there for an equally trendy restaurant with better food. B was all I could think of to fit the criteria.

Note: Party of 4 includes a boyfriend and his girlfriend, boyfriend's sister and mother. Somewhere we could talk freely and have a good time, while showing mom something "New York" -- bold decor with lively but classy environment, good food, solid drinks, and price range $20-30's per entree. Thanks in advance!

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  1. ok here it goes. the first ones come to my mind are:

    freemans - you MUST go here if you can

    if not any of these will do:

    the spotted pig
    bobo
    the little owl
    allen and delancey
    blue ribbon bakery
    schiller's
    i trulli

    keep in mind the Web site tablexchange.com if you get really desperate. you can pay $20 and virtually eat anywhere you want in the city.

      1. Cookshop is very "New York" and trendy with the whole locavore movement (also Five Points for a similar experience). I would also recommend Peasant or Lupa, both of which may be booked for the night.

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        1. re: stephaniec25

          A big, trendy, beautiful place in the Meatpacking District--Fig and Olive....It's perfect and you'll impress your friends. The price is right too. The decor is glamorous.