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Coming to NYC from Austin. Need suggestion for taking out friends....

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Need a suggestion for a casual place to take 3 friends (5 in total) where we can eat, drink wine & catch up on life. Would love something outside, weather permitting (it's still triple digits in Austin). Would like to keep the tab around $50./pp including wine (1 person doesn't drink), not including tip. Area not that important as we are coming from the financial district & they are coming from Roosevelt Island.

Thanks for your help!

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  1. Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden in Astoria is awesome and fun with great beer and sausage, for more upscale in nyc Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto for great cured meats, Daisy Mays BBQ if they wanna compare bbq and Sushi Yasuda if there adventurous and Jacques Torres Chocolate Haven for a sweet tooth and Marea Rest for seafood, these are my favorites

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    Jacques Torres
    350 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

    Daisy May's BBQ
    623 11th Ave, New York, NY 10036

    Sushi Yasuda
    204 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017

    Salumeria Rosi
    283 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10023

    Marea
    240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

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    1. re: Qazm3

      People coming from Austin don't need to go to Daisy Mays.

      Sushi Yasuda might be interesting but I doubt they can stay within the budget of $50pp including wine. Ditto for Marea.

      Also Jacques Torres, while good, isn't a restaurant, it's a retail storefront.

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      Sushi Yasuda
      204 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017

      Marea
      240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

    2. $50pp including wine isn't very much. How much wine do you plan to drink?

      It is easier to make a recommendation if you can give a cost for just food (excluding tax and tip). Don't forget that sales tax is nearly 9%.

      When is this meal? I assume it's dinner and not lunch?

      Also outdoor seating is typically first come, first served, which might make it difficult to meet your seating preferences. I'm not sure outdoor seating is the wisest choice here -- a friend who just moved here from Austin thought that the 60 degree weather from two weekends ago was "cold." He had lived in Texas his entire life, though.