HOME > Chowhound > Manhattan >

Monday Night Itinerary Tips - Hot Spots?!

s
smiles2u Mar 5, 2009 03:23 PM

Hi...
Coming to NYC with friends on March 16th. Looking for some recommendations on hot spots on a Monday Night. Looking for a hip new restaurant (with some atmosphere and buzzing crowd) and then a cool bar/lounge. Age group is mid 30's. Any suggestions?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. LeahBaila RE: smiles2u Mar 6, 2009 03:35 AM

    What cuisines are of interest? What part of town is preferable? Thanks.

    www.thelunchbelle.com

    7 Replies
    1. re: LeahBaila
      s
      smiles2u RE: LeahBaila Mar 6, 2009 02:48 PM

      We're really not picky on the cuisine. For style of restaurant - Tapas are always great so is something bistro or lounge-like. We are staying close to times square and don't mind travelling up to 15min in any direction. (we'll be cabbing it our heels!:) Hoping to go to a hip place so wherever that is, is great with us... Thanks for your help.

      1. re: LeahBaila
        s
        smiles2u RE: LeahBaila Mar 6, 2009 03:21 PM

        Also, we'd love a great restaurant with a great bar around the corner.. So if you know of any such restaurant and bar/lounge, let me know! Thanks again...

        1. re: smiles2u
          LeahBaila RE: smiles2u Mar 9, 2009 04:38 AM

          One of my favorite restaurant-then-bar combo's is dinner at L'Artusi then drinks at Employee's Only. Or, you could do Lugo Caffe, then Ayza Wine and Chocolate Bar. Details can be found on: www.menupages.com

          www.thelunchbelle.com

          1. re: smiles2u
            r
            ronzen RE: smiles2u Mar 9, 2009 09:00 AM

            Boqueria on 19th St has great Tapas-you can defntitely make a full meal of it, Flat Iron Lounge just a few doors east of it for Cocktails.

            1. re: ronzen
              s
              smiles2u RE: ronzen Mar 9, 2009 12:20 PM

              Thank you so much for your suggestions. I am from Toronto so not familiar with the NYC scene. Maybe a silly question for New York, but will all of these places be busy on a Monday night? We're only in town two nights and want to pick the hot spots...

              1. re: ronzen
                s
                smiles2u RE: ronzen Mar 9, 2009 12:22 PM

                What do you guys think of the Stanton Social? Any good for atmosphere? I think that is in the Lower East Side. Any good bars around that area afterwards?

                1. re: smiles2u
                  LeahBaila RE: smiles2u Mar 9, 2009 12:25 PM

                  Monday nights aren't generally too busy, but the recs sent thus far are for places that will be busier. I think Stanton Social would be fun, especially if you've never been. And yes, there are plenty of bars in that immidiate area.

                  www.thelunchbelle.com

          2. CK212 RE: smiles2u Mar 9, 2009 01:31 PM

            I would recommend one of these three Keith McNally restaurants: Pastis, Balthazar, or McSorley's. You are almost guaranteed a buzzing, trendy atmosphere on a Monday night. Each is also located in a great neighborhood with many bar/lounge alternatives (Pastis = Meatpacking District; Balthazar = Soho; McSorley's = LES). Although non of the mentioned restaurants are "new" they all deliver consistently quality food in a faux French bistro atmosphere.

            5 Replies
            1. re: CK212
              k
              KTinNYC RE: CK212 Mar 9, 2009 01:40 PM

              Are you mistaking McSorley's for something else? McSorely's is not trendy and unless it was sold recently is not owned by Mcnally. It's one of the oldest bars in the city with sawdust on the floor.

              1. re: KTinNYC
                s
                small h RE: KTinNYC Mar 9, 2009 01:46 PM

                CK212 meant to say Schiller's.

                http://www.schillersny.com/

                1. re: small h
                  k
                  KTinNYC RE: small h Mar 9, 2009 01:54 PM

                  That makes a lot more sense. Even the Golden Girls would not consider McSorley's a "hot spot".

                  1. re: LeahBaila
                    s
                    smiles2u RE: LeahBaila Mar 10, 2009 03:53 PM

                    How does everyone feel ONE Manhattan measures up to my criteria?

                    1. re: smiles2u
                      LeahBaila RE: smiles2u Mar 11, 2009 04:21 AM

                      I used to go to One in my early twenties...Haven't been back in years. I do remember glancing at the food menu and found it very sparse. The space is lovely, but I can't vouch for the scene and food...It's been way too long.

                      www.thelunchbelle.com

            Show Hidden Posts