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New, cool vibe and good food downtown this week - similar to Kenmare or Standard

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Any rec's. Have a few friends coming into town and looking to take them out to a trendy or fun place with good food. Anywhere downtown.
Were thinking Kenmare or Standard Grill but both are booked.

Thanks in advance!

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Standard Grill
848 Washington Street, New York, NY 10014

Kenmare
98 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012

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  1. Peels? I can't vouch for it personally, but the reviews I've read make it sound like a good fit for you.

    http://www.peelsnyc.com/

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    1. re: small h

      Haven't heard of that place but will check ou the menu. Thank you!

      1. re: small h

        The crowd is pretty hip at Peels but the decor not quite as much.

        1. re: kathryn

          Yes, I know this from peering in the windows. It is the newest of all the places recommended thus far, though. Pastis is positively ancient by comparison - it opened in '99.

      2. Peels is good, but I think the owner's other place (Freemans) is better. Public, on Elizabeth, has amazing food and gorgeous interior. It's also very hip and trendy without being pretentious. I always take my out of town friends there.

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        1. re: loratliff

          good to know...thank you. Public is very cool. Have been for a drink but never ate there. Anything in Meat Packing?

          1. re: BLover33

            There's always Pastis in MePa, although I think it's kind of overrated. You could do Employees Only in the West Village. They're more known for drinking, but it's hip and they do have a pretty robust food menu, same with Death & Co. The downstairs part of La Esquina would be fun too if you could get a res.

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            La Esquina
            106 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012

            Employees Only
            510 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

            1. re: loratliff

              would love La Esquina but still impossible to get a reso

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              La Esquina
              106 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012

              1. re: BLover33

                Really? I haven't been since September, but I didn't have all that much trouble.

        2. That might be the first time "good food" and "similar to Kenmare" were ever used in the same sentence.

          That aside, if you're looking for sceney + decent food, then what everyone said above: Public, Freeman's, Peel's... also add the usual McNally joints: Schiller's, Balthazar, Minetta Tavern (if you can get a table, that is)... throw in Double Crown (same owners as Public) as well.

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          Kenmare
          98 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012

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          1. re: sgordon

            Never eat at Kenmare so can't vouch for the food...was just saying looking for good food with a cool vibe but think you got that.
            Thanks for the rec's!

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            Kenmare
            98 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012

            1. re: BLover33

              Reviews were pretty terrible all around for Kenmare... see NYT, NY Magazine, etc...

          2. peels? pulinos? la esquina? employees only? freemans?

            as for peels? you know, def not as cool as freemans, but fine, kind of a relaxed vibe, food is not amazing, but worth a try.

            I like to take out of towners to a momofuko, maybe a bit different than what you had in mind, but is argueably unique, and kind of a cool vibe.

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            1. re: Hey19

              Thank you!

              1. re: Hey19

                Yeah, what about Ma Peche? I've enjoyed it every time I've been. It doesn't meet your downtown requirement but it's definitely trendy and the food is really quite good.

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                Ma Peche
                15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

              2. Travertine on that same street is also good. The food is excellent and they just opened a new club in the basement.