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nsixseven Dec 16, 2008 04:02 PM

I'm planning a surprise dinner out for my husband and seven male friends. I'd like to find a place that is celebratory but masculine, preferably with a good bourbon selection. I was originally thinking a steak house, but those tend to be pricier than we'd like. Ideas? Thanks!

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    harrison RE: nsixseven Dec 17, 2008 08:12 AM

    Not Manhattan, but Char #4 in Brooklyn supposedly has fantastic collection of bourbon and great food.

    you can always do something in tribeca and hit the Brandy Library after..

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      MB fka MB RE: harrison Dec 17, 2008 07:54 PM

      Char No. 4 does have an extensive bourbon selection. I've only tried a couple of appetizers (good) so can't really comment on the food.

      Most of the places I've visited that have good bourbon selections don't have good enough food for a special occasion (Wildwood - ew) and Craftbar (some downhill reports lately I guess).

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      MinhLikesFood RE: nsixseven Dec 17, 2008 08:57 AM

      Blue Smoke is fun, i guess bbq is masculine, and it does have a good bourbon selection. Plus it'd be a little more affordable than a steak house.

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        LNG212 RE: MinhLikesFood Dec 17, 2008 09:09 AM

        I was thinking Blue Smoke as well. Last time I was there I noticed that new bourbon (just began last year) from upstate NY. Sorry, now I can't recall the name of it. But so few places have it and I was excited to see it there.

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          msny98 RE: LNG212 Dec 17, 2008 09:38 AM

          Probably thinking of Hudson Baby Bourbon. Made by Tuthilltown Spirits. They have it at Beacon Wines

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            LNG212 RE: msny98 Dec 17, 2008 11:45 AM

            Yes, that's the one. I've found it in stores. It's just that I haven't really seen it at restaurants/bars. So Blue Smoke having it was good to see. Thanks for the Beacon info too.

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              voodootrane RE: msny98 Dec 18, 2008 08:46 PM

              there's also a Hudson Four Grain, which i like better than the baby bourbon. but both tasty.

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            egit RE: MinhLikesFood Dec 17, 2008 10:43 AM

            Blue Smoke is also the first place I thought of. Maybe not THE BEST food, but very good. And they have a good bourbon selection. It's masculine enough, yet still enough of a real restaurant for a good, surprise dinner. You will definitely need a reservation.

            Hill Country has good bbq, but I think it would be too much of a hassle for a large group.

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            jmd350 RE: nsixseven Dec 17, 2008 08:58 AM

            Not sure if this is the feel you are looking for but what about Hill Country? Their bourbon selection is on their website.

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              Simon RE: nsixseven Dec 18, 2008 08:58 PM



              do the pub room to keep the price down...

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                mrnyc RE: nsixseven Dec 18, 2008 09:49 PM

                hands down the brandy library in tribeca.

                they may even get lucky as vendors go in there and do tastings quite often.

                alternatively, bar & books on hudson if they want to smoke cigars and all that.

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                  H1113 RE: nsixseven Jan 2, 2009 05:46 PM

                  Might be too late for another suggestion, but there is a *great* selection of bourbons at Fette Sau in Williamsburg and the food (barbecue again) is not expensive at all.

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