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foodie0213 Feb 15, 2011 08:08 AM

Hi, I'm turning 17 this weekend, and my friends and I (8 of us all together) are going into NYC for the day. I was wondering if you have any suggestions for fun restaurants we could go to? I'm not thinking cheesy like Jekyll & Hyde, but something more nightclub-ish and trendy. Afterall, it's 17 and 18 year old girls wanting to have a good time in NYC! Any suggestions? Thanks!

Also, if you know of any fun things we could do while we're there, that would be helpful. Obviously we will go shopping, but I'd like to do more than just that.

P.S. I'd like it to be around midtown

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    bifpocaroba Feb 16, 2011 09:05 AM

    Brother Jimmy's. There are multiple locations.

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      foodie0213 Feb 17, 2011 01:44 PM

      Okay, so I really need to make a decision because we're going this saturday (2 days!) So I'm done searching everywhere for a perfect restaurant. YOU DECIDE! Rosa Mexicano or Tao? I know, completely different haha. Thanks!

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      Rosa Mexicano
      9 E. 18th St., New York, NY 10003

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        Nancy S. Feb 17, 2011 02:35 PM

        Personally, I'm not a fan of either, but I think Rosa Mexicano is perhaps a bit tastier.

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        Rosa Mexicano
        9 E. 18th St., New York, NY 10003

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          princeofpork Feb 17, 2011 02:53 PM

          GO to the RM in union square if you choose RM. As long as the girls are fun you are going with you can have a good time anywhere

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            Nancy S. Feb 17, 2011 03:10 PM

            Agreed. The Union Square branch would be preferable.

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              foodie0213 Feb 17, 2011 07:55 PM

              Are you sure about the Union Square one? The 1st Ave one is closer to Grand Central, which is a big plus..but I mean is it in a bad area? If you're not a fan of either, do you have any suggestions that aren't too far away from Grand Central to give me? I feel like I really need to pick one asap.

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                foodie0213 Feb 17, 2011 08:20 PM

                What about Sofrito?

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                Sofrito
                400 E 57th St, New York, NY 10022

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                  ESNY Feb 18, 2011 07:23 AM

                  Grand Central is pretty much in the exact middle of the two Rosa Mexicanos. Union Square is easier to get to if you are going to take the subway but the walking distance between the two and grand central is pretty much the same.

                  Union Square is a better, younger area than the UES, or whatever you'd call 58th and 1st.

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                  Rosa Mexicano
                  1063 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10022

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                    gutsofsteel Feb 18, 2011 07:29 AM

                    midtown east

        2. NYJewboy Feb 16, 2011 05:49 AM

          Del'Anima on the village. It has food that is beyond amazing (pastas are a feature), plus all of that hip crap that teens like (bar scene).

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            gutsofsteel Feb 15, 2011 10:03 AM

            A group of 8 will need a reservation at most restaurants.

            1. princeofpork Feb 15, 2011 09:39 AM

              Stanton Social - great hood and trendy atmosphere
              Tao
              Buddakahan

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              Stanton Social
              99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

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                trixareforkids Feb 15, 2011 12:16 PM

                Agree with all of these suggestions. I have 2 teens and they like all of these places. My boys also really like going to Pastis and/or Balthazar.

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                  princeofpork Feb 15, 2011 12:19 PM

                  Rosa Mexicano in Union Square would also be a fun meal.

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                  Rosa Mexicano
                  9 E. 18th St., New York, NY 10003

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                    H Manning Feb 15, 2011 12:42 PM

                    Craftbar too.

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                  foodie0213 Feb 15, 2011 05:50 PM

                  I was thinking about Tao, is there anything more you can tell me about this restaurant?

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                    princeofpork Feb 16, 2011 04:13 AM

                    Asian style, huge beautiful space, trendy, crowded. Decent food, nothing earth shattering.

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                      Nancy S. Feb 16, 2011 05:08 AM

                      It's awful. My 14 year old daughter was invited to a dinner there and thought it was not at all fabulous and not at all tasty.

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                        princeofpork Feb 16, 2011 08:40 AM

                        I think a group of 18 year old girls on a sat night would love the scene, Not sure a 14 year old could enjoy that, especially with adults around.

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                          Nancy S. Feb 16, 2011 10:02 AM

                          Trust me, 14 year old girls who live in Manhattan know a fabulous/hip scene from a tired/ordinary one.

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                            uwsister Feb 16, 2011 11:57 AM

                            Yeah, Tao isn't what I'd think of as "fabulous" - "trying too hard" though, I would agree.

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                              princeofpork Feb 16, 2011 12:04 PM

                              EXACTLY. These girls are not from NYC. They will love it.

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                                Nancy S. Feb 16, 2011 12:36 PM

                                Fair enough!

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                                  foodie0213 Feb 16, 2011 06:15 PM

                                  Yes, we are not from the city, however most of us know the difference between "fabulous" and "trying too hard". I don't want it to be a place where I'm going to spend $50 per person, however I do want it to be nice, hip, trendy, fun place with good food.

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                                    princeofpork Feb 17, 2011 04:51 AM

                                    As you are all under 21 and I assume not drinking, you can easily get a great meal for under $50 per person.

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