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Mar 7, 2012 02:05 PM

Nice bar with good food

Hello, My husband and I live in New Orleans and are visiting NYC for a long weekend March 17-21. We get in to the city at around 8 or so Sat. night and will be looking for a late dinner. I was thinking of a nice bar with tasty food. We want to avoid any St. Pats day crowds (I realize I may be optimistic in this regard). We are saying near Hells Kitchen, but are open to going elsewhere for a good place. Price not a huge issue (it's our anniversary), more interested in quality. I had heard good things about Cafe Boulud, for instance. Any other suggestions?

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  1. Many NYC restaurants take reservations as late as 11PM on the weekends. There might still be time to secure a reservation somewhere nice for, say, 10:00 or so (giving you a little time to settle in before rushing out to dinner) - I'm seeing open tables available at Ai Fiori, Lincoln, Nougatine, The Modern (Bar Room and DIning Room)... and some really late ones (11PM) at Jean Georges & Marea, all in the Midtown West area so not too far from your hotel - some in walking distance, even. All in the same general price range as Cafe Boulud, a couple of them a little higher. Many other places in other parts of town have openings as well.

    You'd be better off locking down a rez somewhere, though. Saturday night + NYC... you could easily spend an hour just walking around looking for a place with two empty seats if you're going to wing it.

    695 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

    Cafe Boulud
    20 East 76th St., New York, NY 10021

    Jean Georges
    1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

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

    240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

    1 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

    142 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023

    Ai Fiori
    400 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018