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My boyfriend took me to Buddhakan for my birthday and I want to take him to a trendy spot for dinner also.. He loves sushi and steakhouses, any suggestions?

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  1. Minetta Tavern is trendy AND serves amazing food, but reservations are notoriously difficult (easier if you eat very early or very late). The Black Label burger and Cote de Boeuf are among the best any steakhouse has to offer. Striphouse is another great birthday date steakhouse option. If you're looking for a trendy sushi restaurant you may have to compromise on food quality; my favorites are 15 East and Ushiwakamaru but they're not "scenes".

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    15 East
    15 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

    Minetta Tavern
    113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

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    1. re: sheio

      I love 15 East. I'm not sure I would call it trendy but the sushi is incredible!

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      15 East
      15 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

      1. re: s.piller

        15 East is the opposite of trendy.

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        15 East
        15 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

    2. take him to sushi samba - that place is pretty trendy. or nobu. or morimoto.

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      1. re: selenster

        Out of those 3, Morimoto is probably the most similar to Buddhakan, and probably the best bet. Would not go to sushi samba if looking for higher quality sushi; also, it is very Americanized. The OP should also be warned that Nobu is at a very high price point.
        Minetta Tavern is a great idea if you can get in; another trendy spot with lots of meat options (though not necessarily as known for burgers per se) is the Breslin. An easier place to get into would be DBGB, if you think he'd be in the mood for trying different types of sausages, which is what they are primarily known for.

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        Minetta Tavern
        113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

        Nobu
        105 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013

        Morimoto
        88 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

        DBGB
        299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

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

        1. re: orthorunner

          sushi samba is fusiony - ok sushi - but you need to dig the brazilian/portuguese touches - personally I love it - just for the experience and also for the food - a little bit sushi but a whole lot of other great stuff. If you're going for the pure Japanese experience look elsewhere

      2. Thanks for all your help guys!

        1. Trendy and steakhouse is STK in the meat packing district.

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          STK
          26 Little West 12th St, New York, NY 10014

          1. Never ate there but is Matsuri any good? Still open? Still trendy?
            I did a walkthrough once and it looked very trendy indeed. Gorgeous space.

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            Matsuri
            369 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011