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Dinner and drinks walking from 39th & 8th

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Can someone suggest a restaurant were a few ladies can chat and grab a bit to eat and cocktail no more than 2 or 3 blocks from 39th and 8th.

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  1. That's a tough neighborhood for good food, but if you don't mind beer instead of cocktails, you could meet at Beer Authority (40th and 8th).

    1. What about a lounge in one of the large hotels by 42nd St. around 8th and 9th? There's a Hilton, a Westin, and another one, I think.

      1. Oh that is a crappy area. I order in quite often from Thai Select which is nearby on 9th. Is Market Cafe or HK any good these days?

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        1. re: thegforceny

          anyone know anything about any of these?
          Mercato - Italian
          352 W. 39th St. between 8th and 9th

          Dafni Greek Taverna 42nd between 8th and 9th

          Inakaya - Japanese - 40th between 7th and 8th

          Il Punto Ristorante - Italian on 9th at 38th Street

          1. re: NJfoodLover

            Dafni is AWESOME. That would def be my choice!!

            1. re: LeahBaila

              Dafni is great! But they only have a license to serve wine, so no cocktails.

              1. re: CAB226

                Dafni is good, but their portions are enough to feed a horse, just crazy!

                1. re: Pan

                  We found them to be good sized but not super large. To start we did the Greek Meatballs and there were 3, a salad that fed 3 of us and had some left over and we had some shish kabob platters that were nice sized.

                  1. re: NJfoodLover

                    Either their portions have gotten smaller or my appetite is smaller than most hounds' (the latter of which I somewhat doubt).

            2. re: NJfoodLover

              Mercato is absolutely adorable. It's great for sipping wine and chatting...they do cocktails as well. Every time I'm there it's just for small bites- usually the mussesl which have been excellent. Not sure about the rest of the menu though.

            3. re: thegforceny

              Have been to HK, but not too recently -- have always had a good meal and taasty cocktails there, though.

            4. Thanks think we will try Dafni.

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              1. re: NJfoodLover

                We dined at Dafni. Thanks for the help. We had a reservation for 6:30 and they seated us right on time. It was very good. We all enjoyed our meal.

                1. re: NJfoodLover

                  Great to hear! Thanks for the recap.