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NYE Restaurant Rec. Pre-Phish

Me and a few college friends are looking for a restaurant on new years eve before we go to Phish. Preferably in the area of MSG. We are all foodies, but we are also likely to be rolling on e. We would like an awesome, fun, loud place for dinner. Price is not a consideration.

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  1. Do you like Korean barbecue? If you do, go to Madangsui or Don's Bogam.

    35 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001

    Don's Bogam
    17 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10016

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    1. re: Pan

      sounds good-do those places need reservations? any other suggestions?

      1. re: charliepizza

        I don't know about korean BBQ. I would assume that on strong psychedelics the combination of raw meat and fire may not be the best "vibe".

        How about kickin' it custie style and heading over to Bobby Flay's Bar American?

        Touristy? Yes.
        Will people notice you are on drugs? No.

        Other ideas: Buddakan, Hurricane Club, Shake Shack

        75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

        Hurricane Club
        360 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10010

          1. re: doubledoc

            Eating outside on 12/31 at Shake Shack might be interesting. It might also be pretty cold. I would contact them to make sure they're open though.

          2. re: charliepizza

            I would make a reservation at Madangsui just in case -- but it's pretty easy to do so a few days in advance. I recall others being asked to wait but it was only 20-30 min.

            35 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001

            1. re: charliepizza

              The food at Madangsui is better, but considering your chemically altered state I'd go with Kum Gang San for Korean instead. The former is a bit sedate... while the latter has a piano on top of a waterfall. Just sayin'. Might be closer to the proper speed. The KGS menu is pretty good outside of the BBQ as well. Solid Bi Bim Bap, and braised short ribs with chestnuts are really good.

              The Breslin is within walking distance (well, for NYCers) - fantastic food, rollicking & fun.

              Keens Steakhouse - if you want to do some classic old-school NYC. Can be a little sedate, though, depending on the crowd that particular night.

              Les Halles - cheaper than Keen's for sure, but still very good steaks & bistro fare. Always boisterous scene.

              Manzo - Batali's latest inside his "Eataly" complex. Like all Batali ventures, a lot of fun.

              Hill Country or RUB BBQ for American BBQ.

              And while I don't do drugs anymore (nothing against them, mind you) I've certainly consumed enough of them in my life to say that Morimoto would be a perfect choice, except for the location. It maybe a little too long a walk for a non-NYCer - 20 blocks give or take. But it's pretty crazy inside, and the food is very, very good - and there's a great deal with that sensual textural edge to it that someone in your... condition... might appeciate. Worth a shot if you can get an early reservation, depending on what time the concert starts and all that. Just make sure that no one gets lost in the bathroom. They're pretty trippy.

              Hill Country
              30 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010

              RUB BBQ
              208 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

              Kum Gang San
              49 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

              Les Halles
              411 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016

              88 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

              The Breslin
              20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

              200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

          3. oh my lord! ;)

            Maybe stick to a bar? Stout (though I'm not much of a fan of their food, people like their burgers) I've been trying to think of where I can go that night too, for an early good meal, but I think a bar might have to suffice. I'm still doing some research...

            1. David Burke Townhouse for the Cheesecake Lollipops

              1. i'm surprised no one has said it yet - Mad For Chicken! this place almost requires that you be on ecstasy before ordering.

                just look at the captioning for feature # 3:


                1. your best bet pre-MSG is a cluster of good spots at 1 Penn Plaza, (my office is right upstairs) Local & Lucy's are great bars with sneaky good food, Local=burgers, Lucy's=simple Mexican, killer margaritas, Caffe Lugo is the more grown up choice but still casual enough to chowdown while e-bombin', its a modern italian version of Pastis- great vibe, extensive menu- def make a resi if you want Lugo they are packed lunch and dinner

                  1. Can't imagine why you'd eat while rolling! If you must, I'd go for a place with small, tasty things - or go to a bar and bring some now & alters and fun dip. If you really want a restaurant, and are in that hood some if thenspots in jells kitchen might fitnthe bill, like Zanzibar, as it's more bar less restaurant. Morimoto is a good idea too.

                    1. Keep it simple and close so you dont get lost in time or space
                      just go to local across from the garden and get a boddingtons pub can and the kobe sliders

                      nothing special, just close, less crowded and decent with mediocre service-dont expect much except a cold beer and some bar food

                      1. This is by far the best thread ever. best line: "How about kickin' it custie style and heading over to Bobby Flay's Bar American?" I love that only a Phishhead and a foodie could understand that line.

                        charliepizza - a report please. or, was this just shenanigans?

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                        1. re: jakecola

                          Yeah, where'd yah end up, brah? Was that you I saw cramming down some gnarly veggie burritos at Del Toros? Or were you the group of guys slamming schwill in the basement of penn station near the fridays? Or maybe I saw you petting the wallpaper downtown at Bouley? That place was wook city.

                          Happy New Year!

                          1. re: jakecola

                            for all those interested, we went to bar americain. pretty solid