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Coming to NYC for one night...want a delicious and beautiful meal. Something like Mistral/Sorellina in Boston

Hi! My husband and I are staying in Soho for one night in April and are looking for dinner suggestions for Saturday night. Budget is not really an issue, would like something with a gorgeous atmosphere, maybe a little swanky, and food that is outstanding but not fussy. We are from Boston and our favorite restaurants here are Mistral and Sorellina.
We currently have a reservation at Del Posto but are thinking we want to do something more New American instead of straight up Italian. Have been given suggestions like Stanton Social, Scarpetta, and DBGB...
Any ideas?!
Thank you

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Del Posto
85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Stanton Social
99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

Scarpetta
355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

DBGB
299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

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  1. Don't know what age group you are, but Del Posto skews pretty grey-haired and stuffy. I felt like I was on a (nice) cruise ship, both from the space and the crowd. How about Annisa? Or Aldea? or one of the Vongerichen empire? Don't think DBGB is what you are looking for, it's more raucous than gorgeous. Good luck.

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    Del Posto
    85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

    Annisa
    13 Barrow Street, New York, NY 10014

    Aldea
    31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

    DBGB
    299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

    1. Cross Stanton Social off your list - it's not what you're looking for at all. Scarpetta is very good, although I wouldn't go all the way to "gorgeous." Pretty, yes. It's most definitely Italian, though. You might consider Riverpark. The food is excellent, the room is attractive, and it has a view. I would also recommend Per Se, with the caveat that it is a little fussy, food-wise.

      1. We are early 30s and would like a somewhat hip atmosohere but sophisticated. Thx for the feedback! Per Se, while on my list of places to eat eventually may be too fussy for this trip! Ill look into Riverpark and Annisa and Aldea. Any thoughts on Minetta Tavern?

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        Per Se
        10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

        Minetta Tavern
        113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

        Annisa
        13 Barrow Street, New York, NY 10014

        Aldea
        31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

        Riverpark
        450 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016

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        1. re: allyblank

          Minetta Tavern would fit your criteria exactly. Riverpark would as well. Food at Aldea is very good, but it may not be what you're looking for as the food isnt American (it's Portuguese) and the room, while nice, is definitely not "gorgeous" or "hip" (it's sort of squeezed into an awkward space for a nice restaurant).

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          Minetta Tavern
          113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

          Aldea
          31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

          Riverpark
          450 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016

          1. re: allyblank

            per se was many things, but i didnt find it fussy

            1. re: allyblank

              The problem with Minetta Tavern is that ordinary diners can only get a reservation for very early (5:30/6 p.m.) or very late (11 p.m.).

              The cuisine at Aldea is actually contemporary American with Portuguese influences. Chef/owner George Mendes' food is delicious (his signature arroz de pato is a don't miss!), service is pleasant, and the space has very modern decor.

              Aldea photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

              Riverpark is owned by Tom Colicchio, but his role is pretty much peripheral as the person in charge of the menu and the kitchen is Executive Chef Sisha Otuzar. The food's quite good, service is fine, and the large space has an attractive contemporary design. If you decide to go, be sure to specifically request a table near the windows with the view out to the East River or one close to them. At tables behind the bar, the view is blocked.

              Riverpark photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

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            2. Hotel Griffou has a very unique, hip atmosphere. I was also surprised how much I enjoyed the food.

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              Hotel Griffou
              21 W 9th St, New York, NY 10011

              1. Actually, would Riverpark be a hike from Soho? Anywhere similar vibe but maybe closer to where we are staying?

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                Riverpark
                450 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016

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