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Any great restaurants near the Waldorf?

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Entertaining some friends from out of town who are very knowledgeable and discerning about food and restaurants. We have one night to go out and I'd like to take them somewhere really great along the lines of Balaboosta or Recette. But it will be late and if there's something good in that area, that would be preferable. I just can't think of anything that compares around there — somewhere cool, maybe on the new side, innovative, unique. Any ideas? Thanks so much.

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Recette
328 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014

Balaboosta
214 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

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  1. It's nothing like Recette, but Ma Peche is within walking distance and fits the bill for new, innovative and unique. It's open untill midnight every night.

    Other solid restaurant that isn't new: Pampano (modern, upscale Mexican; closes 9:30 Sunday, later other days).

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    Pampano
    209 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017

    Ma Peche
    15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

    Recette
    328 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014

    1. Was going to say Inside Park at St. Bart's is really close and solid food, but a quick look at the website seems to indicate that they're still closed for the winter?

      1. Not an answer here but you are making me think of the Old Days when Le Marmiton was just around teh corner, down from the Barclay...one of my father and mother's favorite. Long, long gone

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        1. re: hazelhurst

          Thanks — Ma Peche is a great idea and along the lines I was thinking.

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          Ma Peche
          15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

        2. Seasonal is not far. Creative, modern Austrian. Wherever you go, check closing times carefully. Midtown is - surprisingly - no longer a late night district.

          1. Second Pampano and Seasonal; v different, but both v good. One other, quite old and seldom mentioned in this space, is the Four Seasons--if the menu & atmosphere are too classic, at least stop by for a drink; the room alone is worth the stop.

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            Pampano
            209 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017