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

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BLover33 Nov 21, 2010 06:23 AM

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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    pdquinn Nov 23, 2010 09:03 AM

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

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      Hey19 Nov 22, 2010 03:08 PM

      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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        BLover33 Nov 22, 2010 04:42 PM

        Thank you!

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          loratliff Nov 23, 2010 08:08 AM

          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. sgordon Nov 22, 2010 08:49 AM

          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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            BLover33 Nov 22, 2010 04:39 PM

            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

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              sgordon Nov 23, 2010 07:50 AM

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

          2. loratliff Nov 21, 2010 06:31 PM

            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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              BLover33 Nov 22, 2010 06:30 AM

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

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                loratliff Nov 22, 2010 08:25 AM

                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

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                  BLover33 Nov 22, 2010 04:38 PM

                  would love La Esquina but still impossible to get a reso

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                  La Esquina
                  106 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012

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                    loratliff Nov 23, 2010 08:07 AM

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

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              small h Nov 21, 2010 07:24 AM

              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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                BLover33 Nov 21, 2010 08:39 AM

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

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                  kathryn Nov 22, 2010 06:45 AM

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

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                    small h Nov 22, 2010 08:45 AM

                    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.

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