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Coming in from out of town Labor Day weekend. Several friends (mid to late 30s) from around the country meet in the city for a long weekend of tennis and eating/drinking etc. I would love some suggestions for Thursday night before most of the crew arrives. There will be only 2 or 3 of us in town. We are looking for something old school - steakhouse ok - but open to other ideas. In past years we've been to:

Keens - several times
21
Sparks
Ben Benson's
Babbo
USqC
Strip House

Looking to try something new. Cost not really an issue - but not looking for a PerSe or La Grenouille etc. We are going to be staying in midtown - but are open to most anywhere.
Thanks for any advice you can give.

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Babbo
110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

La Grenouille
3 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

Ben Benson's
123 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019

Strip House
13 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

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  1. call exactly 30 days in advance of the date you want and get a reservation at minetta tavern.

    other options: txikito for tapas...lots of meat...crowded and small but could be fun with a bunch of friends. freemans and wait for your table while drinking german beer at lorelay. gotham is classic and delicious as well.

    1. Try Hill Country for BBQ. You won't do much better for meat than you've already done--save for the justly mentioned (and impossible to get into) Minetta Tavern.

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      Hill Country
      30 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010

      Minetta Tavern
      113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

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      1. re: davidm1108

        In my opinion, I do not think Hill BBQ is that great, but I like the other suggestions.

      2. If you liked Babbo, maybe Scarpetta? And if you can't get into Minetta Tavern you might consider The Breslin (no reservations though).

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        Babbo
        110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

        Minetta Tavern
        113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

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

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

        1. I would say the Breslin but you can't make a reservation so that would likely be a deterrent. You might like DBGB - it's more casual than some of your choices but if you are fans of sausage and high-end burgers it's a great spot.

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          DBGB
          299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

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

          1. Del Posto, Marea? Not exactly 'old-school' though.

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            Del Posto
            85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

            Marea
            240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019