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mariomcc Sep 21, 2010 09:03 AM

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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    feynmix Sep 25, 2010 08:55 AM

    Pegu Club, Stanton Social and 'inoteca would be a good start. Otherwise, just go to the MePa if that's your thing.

    1. iFat Sep 24, 2010 10:26 PM

      Places that will def be crowded but def have a lot of action and make you look really cool:
      Freemans, Momofuku Ssam, The Spotted Pig, The Lion.
      Take her to any of these, she'll be impressed with your knowledge.


      Momofuku Ssam Bar
      207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

      Spotted Pig
      314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

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        AubWah Sep 24, 2010 05:53 AM

        trendiest would be great ny noodletown

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        1. re: AubWah
          Pan Sep 24, 2010 11:48 PM

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

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          Pan Sep 23, 2010 08:31 PM

          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.

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            TomChowhound Sep 23, 2010 03:53 AM

            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. thew Sep 22, 2010 07:46 AM

              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. k
                kathryn Sep 21, 2010 10:33 AM

                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
                  mariomcc Sep 22, 2010 07:14 AM

                  Thanks Kathryn. What would you suggest?

                  1. re: mariomcc
                    kathryn Sep 22, 2010 07:18 AM

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

                    1. re: kathryn
                      mariomcc Sep 22, 2010 08:53 AM

                      French, Tapas, Asian cuisines. West village


                      1. re: mariomcc
                        uwsister Sep 23, 2010 10:39 AM

                        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

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