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

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awinestory Aug 16, 2011 11:27 AM

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.

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Blue Hill
75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

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

  1. sgordon Aug 16, 2011 11:51 AM

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

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

    WD-50

    Public

    Marc Forgione

    Locanda Verde

    Morimoto

    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)

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    WD-50
    50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

    Babbo
    110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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

    Morimoto
    88 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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

    Public
    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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      RGR Aug 16, 2011 02:13 PM

      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: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391@N03/sets/72157626443050929/

      http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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

    2. t
      thegforceny Aug 16, 2011 11:31 AM

      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!

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      The Dutch
      131 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

      1. k
        kathryn Aug 16, 2011 11:31 AM

        When is the birthday?

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