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College Reunion in Manhattan (our 25th) - need a fun restaurant (and after dinner activity) for out of towners

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Want to mix it up a bit. There will be just 6 of us - men & women - coming in on a Saturday night in October.

I prefer casual and fun - and then need to figure out what to do after dinner. We're all in our 40s, so we're not going out "clubbing."

Maybe some BBQ? Mexican? "Traditional"/Contemporary American? Bottomline, needs to be a place with a great atmosphere, and preferably close to some other good "hangouts".

This falls on me - was thinking Red Rooster, but not sure where the "after" would be. Suppose we could always cab elsewhere.

Ok - there we go. Hounders, I leave it to you to enlighten me.

Thanks!

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  1. How much do you want to spend per person, for food only?

    We can't really advise on activities for after dinner unless they involve food/drink as it is frowned upon by moderators.

    Also when is the dinner? October is coming up fast.

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    1. re: kathryn

      Okay - Dinner will be Saturday, October 22. Guessing with one drink and 2-3 course meal, would be about $50-$60 pp. Let's put it this way: I called Minetta Tavern, and could only get a 6:00pm reservation. Thinking about Fedora maybe, Maialino (if i can get in), Cookshop, Standard Grill... a bit of a range, no?

      Does that help?

      1. re: UpperWestFam

        At $50 - $60 pp you'll never make it at Minetta anyway unless it is all burgers (they are good and worth the $29 IMHO), Do a search on Fedora, I think the board does not smile on it. Maialino is great. Again the price limit may be a squeeze. BBQ at Blue Smoke could do it.

        For you age range and atmosphere I would send you to the Union Square area, maybe Tribeca. Have a look at the menu at Aquagrill, Blue Water Grill, Scarpetta...

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        Minetta Tavern
        113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

        Aquagrill
        210 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

        Blue Water Grill
        31 Union Square West, New York, NY 10003

        Blue Smoke
        116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

        Fedora
        239 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

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

        Maialino
        2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

    2. Blue Smoke for dinner and then jazz at Jazz Standard.

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      Blue Smoke
      116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016