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Weekend in SOHO - fun suggestions (Dinner & Drinks)

eve_eng Dec 12, 2010 03:22 PM

I'm heading to NYC with a couple of girlfriends at the end of Jan. We'll be staying just outside Soho and we're looking for some recommendations on restaurants/bars on a Friday / Saturday night. We're all 25 so something fun, lively, and a great crowd. I know it sounds bad to say but, ehm, no "bridge & tunnel type scenesters" - and yes, I know - we're tourists ourselves! We just want real NY spots with a cool vibe. Am being a huge dork and creating an itinerary so let me know if you have some ideas to share! Thanks!

PS - budget wise: Fri= cheap&cheerful & Sat= a bigger budget but nothing stuffy - still want a fun scene

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    julilouie Dec 13, 2010 08:04 PM

    Try Lure in the heart of Soho for seafood and oysters for dinner. Check out Epistrohy in the neighboring Notlia district for homemade pasta. Make a reservation at La Esquina for a fun dinner on Cleveland and broome. For drinks go to Brinkleys for a fun social time, try Pravda for some really cool cocktails.

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      eve_eng Dec 13, 2010 09:35 AM

      Thanks everyone for your amazing suggestions!

      We're not set on cocktails and staying in Soho - I guess what I meant for Friday is something really fun, local, and even dive-y.

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        eastvill Dec 13, 2010 08:56 AM

        For Friday night, my slightly offbeat suggestion is Loreley, not far from Soho but technically on the Lower East Side. It's a German beer garden with surprisingly good food, great beer, and definitely a young, fun, non-touristy crowd.

        For Saturday, maybe Hundred Acres, Jane, or Public?

        7 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

        Hundred Acres
        38 MacDougal St., New York, NY 10012

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          loratliff Dec 13, 2010 03:49 PM

          I think Public would be great for Saturday night.

          For Friday, go cheap and have some great Chinese food in Chinatown, then splurge on a couple of delicious cocktails at Apotheke.

          9 Doyers St, New York, NY 10013

          1. re: loratliff
            kathryn Dec 13, 2010 05:14 PM

            I've actually done Great NY Noodletown followed by big punch bowls at Painkiller. The next morning, though, was painful!

            1. re: kathryn
              loratliff Dec 13, 2010 06:10 PM

              Painful, but delicious!

              Soup dumplings + Apotheke is my favorite lo-brow, hi-brow night out.

              9 Doyers St, New York, NY 10013

        2. rifkind81 Dec 13, 2010 05:51 AM

          You may want to consider checking VilliageVines to see if there are any good discounts in the 'hood. I know Kittichai has been on the list a few times...

          60 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

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          1. re: rifkind81
            rrems Dec 13, 2010 06:39 PM

            Thanks very much for this info. I had not heard of Village Vines. I will definitely be using it as a few of my favorites are participating.

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            rrems Dec 12, 2010 04:56 PM

            You really need to specify your budget in dollars. Vagueness will not get you many recs, let alone useful ones.

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              eve_eng Dec 12, 2010 05:33 PM

              Fair enough, thanks.

              OK Friday - $50-75 for the night, Saturday - $150 for the night

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                rrems Dec 12, 2010 08:28 PM

                For your Saturday dinner I think you might like Kittichai. It's near where you are staying, the food is great and though I have not been on a Saturday night I think it would definitively be lively.

                60 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

                1. re: eve_eng
                  kathryn Dec 12, 2010 09:15 PM

                  This is for dinner and drinks (you want cocktails?) and tax and tip? I'm not sure how much you expect to drink, but your first night has a budget that's a bit too low for the "cool vibe" you're going for if you're including some cocktails. Soho is one of the more expensive neighborhoods to eat and drink in.

                  A few of the city's best cocktail bars are in the neighborhood, but you'll have to be prepared to pay $13-14 a cocktail. Pegu Club, Lani Kai. Been hearing great things about 1534, too.

                  For restaurants, Balthazar and Blue Ribbon Brasserie are always lively. Osteria Morini would probably be as well because it's so new. Same for Burger and Barrel.

                  Nearby locations in Nolita and around Bowery/Houston: Kenmare (though it's gotten poor reviews, it's very scene-y), Delicatessen (ditto).

                  Pulino's (it's extremely loud there though), Peels (same people who do Freemans which used to be very hip because it was "hidden" in an alleyway),

                  Blue Ribbon Brasserie
                  97 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

                  Pegu Club
                  77 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012

                  282 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

                  98 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012

                  Osteria Morini
                  218 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

                  Lani Kai
                  525 Broome St, New York, NY 10012

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