Fun, hip place for Friday dinner near Madison Square Park and the Ace Hotel?
My wife and I are coming to Manhattan for the Big Apple Backyard Barbecue in Madison Square Park this weekend. We're set for food on Saturday, but we'd like a cool Manhattan experience for Friday night dinner. Can you guys recommend anything fun and hip in the area around the Ace Hotel and Madison Square Park? We're open to any cuisine (except barbecue!). Entrees under $30 and some attention to bartending and cocktails would be a plus.
We can travel out of the neighborhood if you have a great recommendation a little further away.
In the Ace Hotel, the Breslin is great. Haven't tried John Dory Oyster Bar but it's also supposed to be very good.
Right around the corner you have The NoMad Hotel which is home to the NoMad restaurant. It's new, hip, very "in" with incredible food. Several different spaces to suit your style. Entrees, depending upon what you choose, should be okay, some would exceed. The cocktail program headed by Leo Robitschek is one of the best in the city.
Are you staying at the Ace? If so, you're one of the few people who can make reservations at the John Dory.
Since you're coming so soon, I'd book ASAP. Start with cocktails at the Nomad and dinner at the John Dory.
The Breslin is great but very heavy. I'd do seafood just as a contrast to the Big Apple BBQ.