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Updated "dinner & cocktails" recs needed for group of 30-somethings

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  • CG09 Aug 2, 2010 11:39 AM
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A group of friends and I visit NYC annually for a week during the US Open -- our first night in town is a Friday, and we always plan a cocktails & dinner night, and have tended to visit old favorites like Asia de Cuba, Nobu, Pastis, and Blue Water Grill. This year, we'd love to update our list and try some new places since we're somewhat tired of the old favorites. We're staying in midtown, but as you can tell from our old list, are fine with grabbing a cab somewhere for the right spot. We're all in our mid-30's and appreciate a good cocktail list or good wines by the glass, with a somewhat energetic atmosphere rather than a quiet meal. Only caveat is no steakhouses. Any suggestions?

Some of the options that have been tossed around by the group are Scarpetta, Monkey Bar, Stanton Social and Gotham Bar & Grill, among others, so comments on those are welcome as well!

Thanks!!

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Stanton Social
99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

Nobu
105 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013

Asia de Cuba
237 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016

Blue Water Grill
31 Union Square West, New York, NY 10003

Scarpetta
355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

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  1. Scarpetta YES
    Monkey Bar TOO OLD
    Stanton Social TOO YOUNG
    Gotham Bar & Grill - DATED

    Other ideas:
    Aldea
    The Breslin
    SD 26
    DBGB
    Locanda Verde
    Maialino

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    Stanton Social
    99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

    Scarpetta
    355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

    Aldea
    31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

    Locanda Verde
    377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

    DBGB
    299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

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

    5 Replies
    1. re: chow_gal

      I don't think Aldea and SD26 have as much of a dinner scene as the other places mentioned, but I'll second the recommendations for Scarpetta, the Breslin (no reservations unless you are getting the special whole suckling pig meal though), DBGB, Locanda Verde, and Maialino.

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      Scarpetta
      355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

      Aldea
      31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

      Locanda Verde
      377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

      DBGB
      299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

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

      Maialino
      2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

      SD26
      19 East 26th Street, New York, NY 10010

      1. re: kathryn

        You're right about Aldea. But the upfront wine bar of SD26 is full of 30-somethings. Bankers from Credit Suisse nearby.

        And right next door to Aldea is Lilly's, should you wish a livelier post-dinner scene.

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        Aldea
        31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

        SD26
        19 East 26th Street, New York, NY 10010

        1. re: chow_gal

          Near Aldea also are Rye House and Flatiron Lounge, so lots of options, actually!

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          Flatiron Lounge
          37 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

          Aldea
          31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

          Rye House
          11 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011

          1. re: kathryn

            Excellent, thanks - exactly the type of feedback I need!! Knew I could count on Chowhound for this kind of help!

            1. re: CG09

              I would also try out Macondo or Double Crown. Good cocktails, good food and good crowd.

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              Macondo
              157 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

              Double Crown
              316 Bowery, New York, NY 10012