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Need a suggestion for a place downtown to take my 16-year old sister tonight who is visiting the city. Want a place where someone her age won't look particularly out of place, but will seem fun and "New York-y" to her. Trying to go no more than $35 a person without drinks. Would love to be able to walk in, so we're flexible on time.

Past hits with her and friends have included Frankie's Spuntino, Motorino.

Any thoughts?

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Frankies 17 Spuntino
17 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

Motorino
349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

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  1. $35pp before drinks, and also before tax and tip?

    If you can stand the wait, I'd try to walk into somewhere like maybe Spotted Pig or Lupa? New York-y + no reservations usually reads like a McNally, Chang, Bloomfield, Batali restarant request to me.

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    Lupa
    170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

    Spotted Pig
    314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

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    1. re: kathryn

      Before tax is tip is fine.

      Would ideally not like to wait for a couple hours...

      1. re: StephInNYC

        How about Rubirosa?

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        Rubirosa
        235 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

    2. Lil' Frankies 1st Ave and 1st Street.

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      Lil' Frankie's
      21 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

      1. Otto has a cool, young vibe and has good food in your price range.

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        Otto
        1 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

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        1. re: ttoommyy

          Right -- I was going to mention Otto, too. Also maybe the Artichoke Basille's in Chelsea. It's a nice place to sit and you can walk on the New York-y Highline before or after.

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          Artichoke
          114 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

        2. I would go to Cantoon Garden

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          South China Garden
          22 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013