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Making a 1 night dash to NYC with my honey for his birthday. Hitting Magnolia Bakery first for cupcakes, then checking in to Soho Grand. Need a foodie-worthy restaurant that is casual enough to be fun and unpretentious. Can eat early, will probably eat again late. Ideas? I know, I know, hard to choose.

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Magnolia Bakery
1240 6th Ave, New York, NY 10036

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  1. Unless you've had Magnolia Bakery cupcakes before and loved them, I'd advise you to skip Magnolia. IMO (and many other on this board share my feelings) their cupcakews are dry, painfully sweet and wildly over-hyped. Do a serch for Magnolia on this board for other's comments.

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    Magnolia Bakery
    1240 6th Ave, New York, NY 10036

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    1. re: Ann900

      Yeah, I'm sure there are way better cupcakes than Magnolia (I know there are), but that's one birthday wish my honey wants filled, so no way around it.

      How about the restaurant though??

    2. If I had one night in NYC (and I've had many) I'd go to McSorleys ale house.

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      McSorley's Old Ale House
      15 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

      1. For the late meal, before you drop into bed at Soho Grand, go to Blue Ribbon Brasserie. Open til 3 and definitely chow worthy.

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        Blue Ribbon Brasserie
        97 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

        1. have the banana pudding at magnolia, cupcakes are way bad
          odeon or Standard Grill for late night
          perry st restaurant sit on the sofa snuggle get a nice bottle of wine and watch the sun go down over the water
          food is jean georges and a nice sense of space and a very pretty room and easy on the budget

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          Standard Grill
          848 Washington Street, New York, NY 10014

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          1. re: foodismylife

            I was going to say the same re: magnolia. Get the banana pudding, its tasty.

            Perry St is very nice. We enjoyed our dinner.

            That said, there are tons of places, and not sure of your budget.

            Enjoy!

          2. I'd skip the cupcakes as you can get them anywhere and you will be too full for fantastic NY food! What about Balthazar - it's fun, not too expensive and has a wonderful vibe.