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Sep 21, 2010 09:03 AM

Trendiest Places to Eat and Hang out in NYC/Manhattan

Hello Chow team:

I will be in NYC visiting a Girlfriend from Thursday oct 7 until Sunday oct 10th. I have not been in NYC for a long time so I don't know where to go but I don't want to show my ignorance either. Can you suggest a couple of good , trendy restaurants where I can take her. Food type and price no problem just recommendations of which day to go, time of day to avoid crowds and if reservation is suggested will do. Also if you can suggest a couple of good bars or hip hang out places to go after dinner will be great.

Thank you for your service! it is very helpful.


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  1. You'll mainly be here on the weekend so avoiding crowds will be very difficult. In my experience, the trendiest places are loud, crowded, and difficult to reserve (or have lines out the door). Similarly for bars, it can be difficult to get in after a certain point on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday.

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    1. re: kathryn

      Thanks Kathryn. What would you suggest?

      1. re: mariomcc

        Can you perhaps help narrow it down by suggesting some cuisines, neighborhoods, you might like?

        1. re: kathryn

          French, Tapas, Asian cuisines. West village


          1. re: mariomcc

            A little out of the way but Kenmare might work.

            Is Standard Grill "trendy" enough?

            Standard Grill
            848 Washington Street, New York, NY 10014

            98 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012

    2. trendiest is a moving target.

      what's in now is less about stylish and more about street eats redefined.

      for cocktails - here's a list of some of my faves:

      1. Depends on your style, but Greenwich Village/Soho is trendy with lots of things to see and the Village has tons of restaurants. After dinner, there are several clubs on Bleeker Street that have live music ranging from Rock to Folk to Jazz.

        1. OK, this won't be helpful to you, but for the sake of discussion, I thought that trendy places would almost by definition be crowded, unless someone roped people off for crowd control.

          1. trendiest would be great ny noodletown

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            1. re: AubWah

              Mario: This is a place that's been popular since around 1980. :-)