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GREAT FOOD AND LOTS OF FUN: NYC 10/20-10/26: IF PRICE WAS NOT A CONSIDERATION....

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Hello,
My wife and I are major foodies and will be making our annual trek to NYC 10/20-10/26, We are looking for rec. on great food, with a really fun atmosphere, assuming price was not a consideration. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks!

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  1. A few questions.
    1. Your annual trek means you've been here before. Where have you been and what did you like/dislike? You don't really give any indication about your tastes.
    2. "Great food" and "fun atmosphere" really don't give enough to go on. Are you looking for newer places? Older places? What neighborhoods? What cuisines?
    3. Where are you traveling from?

    Since it's already 9/26, you're right on the cusp of being able to make reservations of some places, just FYI. Some places take them 31 days in advance, others 30 or 28. So places like Babbo and Locanda Verde are loud/fun, but you may not be able to get the time you want unless you're looking for the latter part of your trip.

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    Babbo
    110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

    Locanda Verde
    377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

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    1. re: kathryn

      Hello Kathryn,
      Thanks for getting back with me. I was in NYC last month and ate dinner at my favorite Mutton stop: Keenes. The following night was Prune: OK, not the hype that I had expected.
      Last year on our yearly jaunt, the highlight was 11 Madison which was truly amazing. Craft is one of our hangouts that we regularly visit.
      You were correct on Babbo; already sold out unless midnight for dinner is apealing to anyone???
      We are looking for any suggestions were the dinner is consistently great!
      Thanks Again,
      Kevin

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      Babbo
      110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

    2. No first hand experience, but this guy is locally famous.

      http://www.famousfatdave.com/

      You might tolerate Sammy's Roumanian Steak House.

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      Sammy's Roumanian
      157 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002

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      1. re: Geo8rge

        Hello Geo8rge,
        Sammy's Roumanian has been a long time favorite of mine for over 25 years! No matter which ethnic group I bring with me, everyone loves the food and entertainment! I always advise a prophylactic Pepto Bismal and Lipitor to save both the stomach and coronary arteries!
        Fat Dave looks like it could be fun. Have you ever done this? My wife lives for the Food Channel and "Chopped."

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        Sammy's Roumanian
        157 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002

      2. So far we are locked into Craft for 6 on Saturday night. This is one of our favorites as the food and service are always consistently great! LeBernadin was booked until 11:00 pm. Is Modern 's Dining Room really great?

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        1. re: kcrolex1

          "Is Modern 's Dining Room really great?"

          In a word: Yes!

          The Modern Dining Room photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

          http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

          1. re: kcrolex1

            Le Bernardin takes reservations on the first of the month for the following month, so they started booked October dates on September 1st. They also just did a renovation and have lots of interest right now.

            The Modern's Dining Room is excellent and worth a try. However, I couldn't really characterize either place as loud and fun. Not to say that you won't have a good time or that the room doesn't get a nice buzz, but both are white tablecloth, upscale, fine dining experiences.

            When you say you want somewhere loud, fun, buzzy, I think more along the lines of Locanda Verde, Scarpetta, Minetta Tavern, Tertulia, The Dutch, Fatty Cue, Balthazar, Roberta's, The Breslin, Spotted Pig, Joseph Leonard, but not all of this type of restaurant takes reservations.

            See also the Eater's "where to dine now" lists:
            http://ny.eater.com/archives/2011/09/...
            http://ny.eater.com/archives/2011/07/...

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

            Minetta Tavern
            113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

            Le Bernardin
            155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

            The Modern
            9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

            Balthazar
            80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

            Scarpetta
            355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

            Locanda Verde
            377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

            Joseph Leonard
            170 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

            The Breslin
            20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

            The Dutch
            131 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

            Tertulia
            359 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

            Fatty 'Cue
            50 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

            1. re: kathryn

              The Bar at the Modern is delicious with a lot more buzz. than the main restaurant.

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              The Modern
              9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

          2. I think Minetta Tavern fits your description - great food at fun, lively atmosphere, and very New York feel.

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            Minetta Tavern
            113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

            1. Kittichai would be a good choice ( great bar in the Thompson Hotel). Brushstroke might be. Buddakan is a fun place the food is not 'great" but it's pretty good. Most "great food" places are not going to have a fun atmosphere. Maybe The Modern fits the bill

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              Buddakan
              75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

              The Modern
              9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

              Kittichai
              60 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

              Brushstroke
              30 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013

              1. Hello All,
                My wife and I just returned from 4 wonderful days in NYC. I want to than everyone for all of their great suggestions. I wanted to follow up with where we ate and evaluate our experiences:

                Thursday night after War Horse at The Lincoln Theatere, we ran across the street at 10:45 to sneak into dinner at Marea. The Ricci (urchin) was to die for! My wife ordered a boulabase style dish and I had the cuttle fish. Both were not very exciting. My wife's dish was very scarce on the seafood.

                Friday lunch was on the run at the Chelsea Market. We ate inside for over 90 minutes feasting on the fresh seafood that was prepared at the market. My wife loved the soup kitchen.

                Friday dinner was amazing at Modern Dining Room. The service, ambiance, food, and chocolat dessert cart were 5****+!

                Saturday linch we dined with 4 friends at Tocqueville. Truthfully, I found the service and food very disappointing. Great selection of German wines which were reasonably priced.

                Saturday evening's dinner was at my wife's favorite NYC dining establishment: Craft. The food is always fresh, first class, nice sized portions, and priced right. We could eat there every night!

                Sunday my wife left and a buddy joined me for 3 days (we were left to attend a trade show).
                Sunday dinner was at my buddy's favorite steak palce: Delfrisco's. The food was fine but seriously, 2 drinks, steak, and a $330 bill? I still don't get it. I would rather dine at Keene's anyday!

                Monday lunch was at a Malaysian restaurant that we have dined at 3 years in a row in China Town. $35 for 2, including tip, and we could not finish everything!

                Monday dinner, Spotted Pig, was good, eclectic menu, and very cool vintage look t-shirts.

                Lastly, Tuesday night's diiner was the 14 course tasting menu at WD-50. The service was great, with no wait between courses. The food was delicious, but as expected small portions. I could have eaten 2-3 of the duck breasts and lamb.

                Well, again, thank you everyone for your very positive sufggestions.

                Until next year......

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

                Keens
                72 West 36th St., New York, NY 10018

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

                Tocqueville
                1 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

                The Modern
                9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

                Craft
                43 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003

                Del Frisco's
                1221 6th Ave, New York, NY 10020

                Marea
                240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

                China Town
                2133 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10035