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

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new_west_foodie Sep 27, 2011 07:12 AM

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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    FoodieFemme Sep 27, 2011 11:14 AM

    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

    1. sgordon Sep 27, 2011 09:16 AM

      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
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        new_west_foodie Sep 27, 2011 10:54 AM

        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
          sgordon Sep 27, 2011 11:28 AM

          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
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            JoLi Sep 27, 2011 11:29 AM

            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

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