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Jun 30, 2012 01:26 PM

5 nights in the city with hubby

My husband and I live about 15 minutes outside of NYC and are coming in and staying this week for our annual summer holiday. We have both grown up just outside of the city and have eaten at every major restaurant over the past 30 years. We've realized that we no longer need the 4 and 5 star dinners and are much happier at cool joints with great food. On our last 2 trips in we enjoyed meals at Torrisi, Ippudo, Minetta Tavern, ABC Kitchen, Txikito, Scarpetta. We'd like some restaurants along these lines..Scarpetta and ABC Kitchen would be about the fanciest we'd like to go. We love tapas, asian, italian, steak , wine bars etc and are up for anything. Would love to hear your pics. Thanks!

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  1. Have you tried La Sirene? That's one place that came to my mind - very informal, classic bistro food.

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    1. re: Pan

      La Sirene looks yummy. Any other hipper suggestions??? Perhaps a bit more innovative?

      1. re: whyutrippen

        I don't notice any of the Momofuku places in your list. I like Ssam Bar but haven't been to the other sit-down restaurants.

        Also, not particularly innovative, but my girlfriend and I had a wonderful meal at Quinto Quarto on Bedford St. They describe themselves as "osteria romana," so you're getting traditional Roman cuisine there, and if you do go, I highly recommend the Abbacchio, because their rendition was the best lamb I've had in quite a while.

    2. Acme. It was hip in May, no idea if it still is. I can't keep up with these things. My comments are here:

      1. Osteria Morini would be a good choice for Italian, Po also is good but maybe not as cool or hip or hot or groovy. Soba Koh is a good place to try. For tapas I like Boqueria.Lucien is another good place that we don't hear much about on CH. Lastly Recette is awesomely delicious

        1. Tapas - Casa Mono, they both take reservations. I also like Tertulia but they don't take reservations unless you're a big group. Try lunch or going early.
          Asian - Momofuku Ssam Bar, Wong, Fatty Cue, Mission Chinese (email for a reservation), Red Farm (no reservations, go for brunch/dim sum), Kin Shop
          Italian - Dell'anima, Locanda Verde, Maialino, Peasant, Sorella
          Steak - Takashi for Japanese yakiniku, go early to avoid a wait

          I think you might also like:
          Spotted Pig
          The Breslin
          The NoMad - dinner will be tough to book on short notice, try lunch
          Bar Room at The Modern
          Joseph Leonard / Perla / Jeffrey's / Fedora
          Empellon Cocina

          You've listed some of my favorite restaurants already so I hope my suggestions work! We seem to have similar taste in restaurants. Since you're here for a whole week, you can be flexible about lunch vs dinner and what day of the week you dine. I'd lock down something for Friday night and Saturday night, though, so you won't have to wait a long time to eat.

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          1. re: kathryn

            Thanks for the great replies! Can someone fill me in on the the difference between the 2 Empellon restaurants???

            1. re: whyutrippen

              One's a taqueria. The other's a full restaurant.

              Also, one (the full restaurant) is a lot better than the other.

            2. re: kathryn

              Re: The NoMad. Getting a dinner reservation this week is not out of the question. OpenTable is showing a 7:15 p.m. table for two on Wednesday, July 4th. Also, 9:45 p.m. and later. On other days, there are tables at 10 p.m. and later. If those won't work for the o.p., lunch is always easy.

              Photos of our NoMad lunch:

              ETA: Don't forget that the Rooftop only takes reservations each day starting at 11 a.m. (weather permitting). So, the o.p. can register and have just as good a shot at dining up there as anyone else.

              Photos of our Rooftop dinner:


            3. Rouge et Blanc gets a lot of love on these boards - I'd add that to the list as well.