HOME > Chowhound > Manhattan >
What's your latest food project?

One night in Manhattan

takweber Apr 14, 2010 03:19 PM

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.

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

  1. b
    bronwen Apr 15, 2010 09:02 AM

    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.

    1. f
      foodismylife Apr 15, 2010 08:17 AM

      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

      Standard Grill
      848 Washington Street, New York, NY 10014

      1 Reply
      1. re: foodismylife
        metfan630 Apr 15, 2010 08:47 AM

        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.


      2. c
        chow_gal Apr 15, 2010 07:33 AM

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

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

        1. mrbigshotno.1 Apr 14, 2010 05:02 PM

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

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

          1. a
            Ann900 Apr 14, 2010 04:54 PM

            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.

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

            1 Reply
            1. re: Ann900
              takweber Apr 14, 2010 08:00 PM

              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??

            Show Hidden Posts