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Aug 16, 2011 11:27 AM

Trendy fun lively upscale restaurants in Manhattan from (jaded?)

Hello everyone, many of my fav restaurants (Le Bernardin, Gilt) are closed for this time period and a bit bored with other favs since we go so often with clients (Jean-Georges, Restaurant Daniel) ...

... and besides that, thinking that the Birthday Boy would prefer a lively fun atmosphere than a solemn experience.

Considering Blue Hill (been once for a private lunch) yet this may not be festive enough.

Already booked Beauty and Essex for the night before ...

STK in the meatpacking is allways lively ... yet curious for some new places. Thanks in advance.

Blue Hill
75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

26 Little West 12th St, New York, NY 10014

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    1. The BF and I escaped the rain Sunday of this week and spent $300 (lots of wine!) and about 4 hours (um, lots of wine?) at the bar of The Dutch. Food was great. Service sassy and crisp. Wonderful sense of bonhomie among patrons. I still keep talking about what a blast we had.

      Loved fluke sashimi over juicy watermelon! Great 18 oz steak.

      By no means do you need to drop the scrilla we did, btw! And if you prefer to be seated, looked fun over there too!

      The Dutch
      131 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

      1. Lively & fun, and with good food, off the top of my head:

        Babbo (if you're lucky enough to score a rezzie)



        Marc Forgione

        Locanda Verde


        Momofuku Ssam Bar (no rezzies, but not too long a wait for a two-top usually)

        Kyo Ya (kaiseki tasting is in the price range of your faves, maybe not exactly "lively" - but festive, kind of incredible, and certainly different)

        50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

        110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

        Momofuku Ssam Bar
        207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

        88 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

        Kyo Ya
        94 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

        210 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012

        Marc Forgione
        134 Reade Street, New York, NY 10013

        Locanda Verde
        377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

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        1. re: sgordon

          Kyo Ya was not even close to being lively the one time I've been there. And not festive either. Not that it's funereal. But it is very, very low key -- which happened to suit me just fine.

          My suggestion would be Aldea. Lively without being insanely noisy and delicious food.

          Aldea photos:

          31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011