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Restaurants and Bars with Matchbooks

R_Bananna Feb 26, 2009 04:45 AM

Hi all,

I collect matchbooks (have since I was 15). I was wondering if you could let me know of any bars or restauarants in the city where you have notcied them. It makes a big difference to me if a place has a matchbook, it's a special way for me to remember the meal and the night.

Thanks for your help!

  1. LeahBaila Feb 26, 2009 04:56 AM

    Toloache, Employee's Only


    1. LNG212 Feb 26, 2009 05:02 AM

      2 recent dinners where we picked up matchbooks: Trattoria Trecolori and Nino's Tuscany.

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        whitneybee Feb 26, 2009 05:37 AM

        I picked them up at Ocean Grill and Craftbar, and I thought the ones at the latter were really nice.

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          esyle Feb 26, 2009 05:40 AM

          Keens and A Voce. I still collect them too, got a lot tougher once smoking ceased in restaurants.

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            emilie01 Feb 26, 2009 06:42 AM

            Perilla has them

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              cavafan Feb 26, 2009 10:35 AM


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                CalorieBurner Feb 26, 2009 11:10 AM

                Del Posto, Gramercy Tavern, Union Square

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                  MinhLikesFood Feb 26, 2009 01:35 PM

                  Oh yeah you gotta keep busy. I collect matchbooks from glamorous nightclubs. It's amazing - if you just write to them and ask them nicely...

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                    scarsdalesurprise Feb 26, 2009 01:42 PM

                    I had too google this reference - I knew I'd heard it somewhere before!

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                  scarsdalesurprise Feb 26, 2009 01:38 PM

                  Aurora (Brooklyn and Soho) has them.

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                    villager21 Feb 26, 2009 07:58 PM


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                      drmoze Feb 26, 2009 09:47 PM

                      I think Duke's has them; not positive though.

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                        jennifr4 Feb 27, 2009 05:10 AM

                        I collect them too...

                        Duke's, Big Daddy's, City Crab, TAO (nice ones), almost all the Union Sq. Hospitality Group restaurants, 5Ninth, Angelo Maxie's Steakhouse, Indochine, Rosa Mexicano...

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                          elderberry Feb 27, 2009 10:56 AM

                          Scarpetta has them.

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                            Redhead1442 Apr 6, 2009 10:48 AM

                            Megu, Crispo

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                              ConOrama Apr 6, 2009 11:01 AM

                              Got one from Sobe-ya over the weekend.

                              1. malibu Apr 6, 2009 11:10 AM

                                Rue 57, Pravda

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                                  ashea9167 Apr 6, 2009 11:31 AM

                                  Nobu's are cute the match tops are lime green

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                                    scout1 Apr 6, 2009 11:34 AM

                                    the otheroom, another room, the room.

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                                    stephaniec25 Apr 6, 2009 12:27 PM

                                    Market Table, 21 Club, Keen's, Del Posto

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                                      CalorieBurner Apr 6, 2009 02:59 PM

                                      The Harrison

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                                        david sprague Apr 6, 2009 03:06 PM

                                        i also have a batch.

                                        brasserie ruhlmann has a cute twist....a matchbook doppelganger, proper size and shape, that holds a tiny note pad.

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                                        sam920 Apr 6, 2009 06:34 PM

                                        I collect them too! Extra Virgin, Crispo, DB Bistro Moderne, Angelo of Mulberry...

                                        1. egit Apr 7, 2009 06:47 AM

                                          A few others not listed above: Peasant, Frankies Spuntino (bkln), Toad Hall, Eleven Madison Park, Walkers, Remi, Royale and Simone. That was in no particular order, by the way.

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                                            pacz Apr 7, 2009 07:25 AM

                                            Bar Americain

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                                              susan robin Apr 7, 2009 08:38 AM

                                              Lavagna. Also Almond

                                              1. noot Apr 7, 2009 10:03 AM


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                                                  hungrycomposer Apr 24, 2009 04:32 PM

                                                  Chinatown Brasserie

                                                  1. guttergourmet Apr 24, 2009 06:00 PM

                                                    Stand on 12th street, the burger joint, has a space on their matchbooks to write down the number of the girl you met there. I collect 'em too. How do you keep them? I have a huge glass olive oil jar I throw them in but its overflowing. Afraid I'm gonna burn the house down. Also collect restaurant cards (by default) that I keep in looseleaf binders in baseball card plastic sheets and, of course, menus.

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                                                      smallfrog Jun 3, 2009 02:31 PM

                                                      I picked up a pretty one last week at La Fonda del Sol. It's a tiny matchbox with their gold circle on either side.

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                                                        RCC Jun 3, 2009 02:37 PM

                                                        I just spotted 3 in my office drawer:
                                                        Blue Smoke

                                                        1. Rmis32 Jun 3, 2009 10:32 PM

                                                          Churrascaria Plataforma, Gottino, Stanton Social, Butter

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                                                            jfr Jun 4, 2009 07:31 AM

                                                            My recent finds were Peter Lugar in Brooklyn and, in the Union Square area, Heartland Brewery, Republic, and Old Town Bar. Matchbooktraveler.com is a good resource for matchbooks. Glad to see others collect matchbooks, too.

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                                                              kikicoelacanth Jun 4, 2009 03:44 PM

                                                              Maya on the UES has nice ones.

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                                                                linusnyc Jun 4, 2009 07:46 PM

                                                                All the avroko-designed restos have match books - Public, Double Crown, Quality Meats, Park Avenue

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                                                                  truedog Jun 4, 2009 08:11 PM

                                                                  Do the matchbooks have to actually have matches? We just finished eating at Allegretti. They have "matchbooks" but when you open them up, they are tiny notepads. Too cute!

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                                                                    R_Bananna Oct 28, 2009 08:47 AM

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