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Monday Night Itinerary Tips - Hot Spots?!

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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?

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

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    1. re: LeahBaila

      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

        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

          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

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          1. re: smiles2u

            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

              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

                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

                  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.

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          2. 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.

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            1. re: CK212

              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

                CK212 meant to say Schiller's.

                http://www.schillersny.com/

                1. re: small h

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

                  1. re: LeahBaila

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

                    1. re: smiles2u

                      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.

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