Bachelor party in Scottsdale
Hi there. I'm a serious NY hound coming to Scottsdale for my future brother in law's bachelor party, and since we're all from NY we need some help from those in the know.
We will be eight people staying at the W in Scottsdale, but we have cars and are willing and ready to travel for good food. We will be there next weekend, so it is short notice for places that book up in advance.
Can you recommend a fun upscale (with great food of course) place for us for a big dinner saturday night? As well as another lower key dinner for friday night, and some really good not-to-miss places for our meals in between.
The best man has done little to plan, I'm stepping in last minute to pick up the slack so any help you can give me to put this together will be great!
Also recs on bars and other places to go out (or other websites where I can find info on this) would be tremendous.
Thanks for your help.
Lots of good posts here already, but here's my two cents:
- Roaring Fork does a mean and cheap happy hour, so this could be a good option for Friday night and you can always roll happy hour into dinner. You can't go wrong with the huckleberry margaritas, big ass burger and green chile pork stew. But warning, HH does get very busy.
-For decent sushi and good atmosphere you could try Stingray. For less atmosphere and amazing Japanese sashimi and tapas (no actual sushi, rolls, etc.), try Sea Saw, home of James Beard award winning chef Nobu Fukuda (in between Cowboy Ciao and Kaz Bar). They have an incredible tasting menu with wine pairings that will cost you half of what it would in New York at about $120 a person. However, this could be a challenge for a big and/or rowdy group.
-Los Sombreros would be another Friday option worth the 5-10 minute drive.
- I like the Grazie and Humble Pie suggestions and love Digestif - definitely more of a foodie place than the others and a favorite of Food & Wine magazine. The outside patio could be a good place for Saturday - and I love the Cowboy Ciao and Kaz Bar suggestion (you can literally walk from the W to Digestif, Cowboy Ciao, Kaz Bar, etc.).
- Other places to try are Frank & Lupe's Cantina for great New Mexican-style cuisine in a no frills establishment. They also have a fun bar, Bar Santos, in the back - this would be a casual Friday spot. If you walked here from W it would take you about 15 minutes and you could hit Geisha a Go-Go on the way back.
- While I don't usually recommend non-independent restaurants, I've been impressed with Michael Mina's Bourbon Steak at the Fairmont (about 15-20 minutes from W) and it's a guys kind o' place. That said, not cheap.
- I like the breakfast/brunch suggestions - Breakfast Club is great and right across the street from the W. If you are ok with hopping in the car, check out Over Easy or La Grande Orange (10-15 minute drive).
7133 E Stetson Dr Ste 1, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Los Sombreros Cafe & Cantina
2534 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85257
La Grande Orange Grocery
4410 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85018
4800 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
4730 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018
7114 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85351
7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Frank & Lupe's Old Mexico
4121 N Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Geisha a Go-Go
7150 E. 6th Ave., Scottsdale, AZ 85251
I was going to suggest Cowboy Ciao and/or Digestif (although I definitely prefer Cowboy Ciao), as well. I'll also second hitting Kazimierz for some before/after dinner drinks. If looking for a more casual dinner at some point, I'd go to Los Sombreros (Mexican).
For breakfast, many like Breakfast Club which is in the area (never been, so can't recommend).
For lunch, I'd head to Delux (maybe a 10-15 minute drive from your hotel) for some fantastic burgers. They also have a very nice beer menu. I'd also think about La Grande Orange (same area as Delux) or Humbe Pie if looking for pizza (not sure if pizza is a dangerous rec to give a New Yorker).
You might want to add if you're interested in steakhouses (we have tons of them) / regional cuisine, etc.
For breakfasts in Old Town, I would recommend Orange Table and Cafe ZuZu.
7373 E Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Richardson's Cuisine of New Mexico
1582 E. Bethany Home Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85016
Mastro's City Hall Steakhouse
6991 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
6850 E. Main Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Although I love Richardson's if you're staying in Old town for a bachelor party(which generally consists of lots of drinking) I'd stick to areas which are either a short cab ride or a walk away.
City Hall is a perfect place for a bachelor party- great steak and a great fun atmosphere. Cowboy Ciao's food is definitely more innovative and unique to the Southwest while City Hall is more a straightforward steakhouse with more of a party scene so you might want to weigh whether the bachelor party group is looking for a party atmosphere and some good food sprinkled in or more great food, relaxation, golf, etc.
For friday night somewhere like Grimaldi's or Grazie might work,both places have pizza but Grazie is more Italian speciality pizza while Grimaldi's has more NY style pizza. Both are places where you can drink, have fun, be loud and still not be frowned upon.
Don't try Richardson's -- They burned down weeks ago.
For breakfast do the Daily Dose on Scottsdale Rd or the Orange Table.. For casual The Lodge is fun & in walking distance (the describe themselves as a "Midwest Dive Bar", but they lie), Los Somberos, Carlsbad Tavern, and or the end of the evening The Coach House, the best real dive bar in Scottsdale. Upscale choices close by include City Hall, Digestif, Metro Brasserie, Roaring Fork, Fleming's Prime Steak, or maybe even Trader Vic's. I'd stay away from Grimadi's its NY coal cooked pizza, yuou can get that in NYC. And I would not go to Kaz's Wine Bar this is not a bachelorette party, it is a bachelor party .