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What do you recommend for tonight?? Maialino or Beauty & Essex?

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Having business dinner with British colleague who likes good food AND trendy spots.

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Maialino
2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

Beauty & Essex
146 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

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  1. Depends. Both have above average food, both are trendy in their own way.

    B&E = more trendy, decent food
    Maialino = less trendy, excellent food

    Decide which factor is more important.

    Mind you, B&E is "downtown" trendy, not very businessy. Won't be many (if any) suits there, if that's the kind of business-dinner environment you're looking for.

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    Maialino
    2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

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    1. re: sgordon

      thanks for the feedback. I should say I love Maialino and have never been to beauty and essex. However, this business contact did love stanton social when we went there.

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      Stanton Social
      99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

      Maialino
      2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

      1. re: new_west_foodie

        The vibe is kind of like the upstairs half of Stanton Social, only gaudier. Much, much, much, much gaudier. Not to take away from the food - I like Chef Santos' work, it's fun and creative and (usually) hits rather than misses. Maialino is a little more... well you've been there. I guess it depends what kind of business you're in. Fashion design? B&E. Mutual funds? Maialino.

        That said, better decide quick. Unless you're dining really early (6:00 or earlier) or late (after 10:00) it seems according to Opentable they're both pretty booked.

        Just looking it over, for other "trendy" places with good food, I see some open tables at Morimoto & Marc Forgione.

        Also not on Opentable, but maybe worth calling: Blue Ribbon Brasserie, Locanda Verde, The Dutch

        Or wait in line at Momofuku Ssam Bar - probably not a long wait for a two-top on a Tuesday, if one at all.

        Everyone's definition of trendy is a bit different, though. For some it's glitz & models & celeb-watching & DJs, for others it's hipster foodies with Grizzly Bear on the stereo.

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

        Stanton Social
        99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

        Blue Ribbon Brasserie
        97 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

        Morimoto
        88 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

        Marc Forgione
        134 Reade Street, New York, NY 10013

        Locanda Verde
        377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

        Maialino
        2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

        The Dutch
        131 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

        1. re: new_west_foodie

          If he loved Stanton Social, then take him to Beauty, he'll love it...

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          Stanton Social
          99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

      2. If you can get a reservation, definitely Beauty & Essex. It's a much more memorable night than Maialino!

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        Maialino
        2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

        Beauty & Essex
        146 Essex St, New York, NY 10002