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restaurants w/ sleek modern minimal decor? 2011 edition

thursdaynext Aug 12, 2011 07:10 PM


I origianally posted this question 4 years ago, but it's my mom's birthday once again, and I need to find a new aestheically pleasing restaurant:

It's my mom's birthday next week & I want to take her out for a birthday dinner. I would love some suggestions. She's a big fan of restaurants that have a sleek modern design (minimal and/or industrial a plus!). I want to say "style over substance" but it would help if the food was good too! Any cuisine will do except Indian,Thai or Japanese. She's a hip lady, but it doesn't have to be too "sceney" either. I'm also willing to splurge a bit.

FYI She's already been to the Modern at MoMa, Perry St, Public, The Wright, Morimoto, Delicatessen

Thanks for your help!

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    rkaene Aug 13, 2011 01:22 PM


    142 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023

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      Bkeats Aug 13, 2011 09:59 AM

      Corton is very sleek. All white and minimalist. Food is stylish and tasty too.

      239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

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        RGR Aug 13, 2011 08:51 AM

        If your mom hasn't been to Aldea, the space was previously used for industrial purposes, and the decor is sleek modern.

        Photos of the space:



        A major plus: Chef George Mendes' Portuguese-inspired New American cuisine is superb.



        31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

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          kathryn Aug 12, 2011 11:15 PM

          Would she be into something like WD-50?

          50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

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          1. re: kathryn
            Luna2372 Aug 12, 2011 11:27 PM

            Is Wylie Dufrense's food still cool?

            1. re: Luna2372
              kathryn Aug 13, 2011 06:59 AM

              On a recent Sunday, the restaurant was fully booked.

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