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Looking for hot, trendy restaurant with great food

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I've been away from NYC for too many years and don't know what the cool, new restaurants are in town anymore. I used to love Balthazar, Gotham Bar & Grill, Mesa, etc.but wanted to check out a new scene. My preference would be downtown somewhere (East or West Village, Meatpacking, Soho, Gramercy) and I love all sorts of fusion, sushi, Italian, French, mexican, etc. Any recommendations? Many thx in advance!

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  1. For service with a glare...but pretty good food...check out The Standard Grill.

    www.thelunchbelle.com

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    1. re: LeahBaila

      Definitely check out Standard Grill. Macao Trading Company is a fun spot also. Locanda Verde, Aldea, Hotel Griffou.

      1. re: liztish

        Had a great time at Macao also. Aldea had AMAZING food, but not too trendy. Bond Street is still good and see if you can get into Scarpetta.