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If we liked the atmosphere at Carmine's.....

cherrybounce Jun 16, 2010 02:58 PM

Two 40-something women, leaving their husbands back home in New Orleans, wanting to blow it out while in New York. Any suggestions for a big, lively, restaurant, casual but not scruffy with a big ole' bar, good food of course, maybe Italian or Greek or Latin American (no steak, no sushi, no French) - about $150ish at most for both of us, including wine. We're in the Murray Hill area, but anywhere in Manhattan would be fine. I want our first night out fun! Thanks so much. Any suggestions at all about anything at all would be welcome!

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    gramres22 RE: cherrybounce Jun 16, 2010 04:21 PM

    I would look into Otto. Hits pretty much all your requests, including the big ole' bar.

    Lupa might work too.

    170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

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      carcrash RE: gramres22 Jun 17, 2010 10:44 AM

      Both lively restaurants with good food, but the atmosphere (and food itself) couldn't be much farther from Carmine's.

    2. Motosport RE: cherrybounce Jun 17, 2010 12:48 PM

      If you like Mexican and the weather is nice try El Rio Grande. Great Mexican with an outside patio and nice bar scene early in the evening. It's in Murray Hill on the West side of 3rd AV literally between 37&38 since it fills the whole block. Try the Sliced steak nachos! To die for!! Most times we order a pitcher of potent Marguerita's a few appetizers and maybe one entree to share. Never been disappointed.

      El Rio Grande
      160 East 38th Street, New York, NY 10016

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        Littleman RE: cherrybounce Jun 17, 2010 12:49 PM

        What about Inoteca on 3rd Ave. They have a nice big bar and Italian food. They also have outdoor tables. It's a lively place.

        Inoteca @ 323 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 212 - 683 - 3035.

        Also I really like the Water Club on 30th. The view is outstanding. It's on a barge on the E. River It's quiet at lunch but get's lively at night and the bar is outstanding. You would enjoy the bar area. You can eat there in the bar or in the dining room overlooking the river.

        The Water Club @ The East River at 30th St., New York, NY 212 - 683 - 3333.

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          fm1963 RE: cherrybounce Jun 17, 2010 12:56 PM

          You might also like The Breslin, though it's not nearly as big as Carmines.

          The Breslin
          20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

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