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Dinner with Hip, Urban College Students

kobys Feb 17, 2013 10:26 AM

Planning a dinner in Manhattan (live in Tribeca) with several hip, urban college students (not from NYC). I know they would not enjoy some fancy, stiff, expensive place and my pocketbook would not enjoy it either. Also, since the group will be six people, I need somewhere where I can make reservations. Any suggestions? Doesn't have to be downtown.

Thanks in advance for any help!

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    Pan Feb 22, 2013 02:37 AM

    No-one's mentioned Inoteca. But what I don't know is whether they'd require a prix fixe menu from a group of 6. I'm also not sure why Txikito hasn't been mentioned.

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      foodwhisperer Feb 18, 2013 09:36 PM

      Buddakan ( meat market)
      Morimoto Tribeca Canvas
      Kori ( Korean in Tribeca)
      Greenwich Grill ( japanese/italian Tribeca)
      Wong ( w.village)
      Frankie's (West Village)
      WD-50 ( ordering a la carte)
      Kin Shop ( west village)
      Boqueria ( tapas, SoHo)
      Inoteca ( LES)
      Pig and Khao ( LES)
      Minetta Tavern (WV)
      Louro ( WV)
      Sakagura ( Midtown, Japanese small dishes)

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      1. re: foodwhisperer
        kathryn Feb 19, 2013 09:09 AM

        I thought you can't order a la carte at WD-50 except at the bar. Will be tough to get 6 people there, and you can't reserve.

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          foodwhisperer Feb 19, 2013 09:11 PM

          Hmmmm not sure,,, I was at a table last night and ordered ala carte ,, ordered about 10 dishes. but it was a table for two ,, not really the bar ,,but well, maybe it could be considered the bar...Not sure if they do it at tables,,,but I sure did like the ala carte ordering

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        arepo Feb 18, 2013 03:01 PM

        Crispos is perfect. The Italian food is way to good for the decent prices for NY. Beware, it will tend to be noisy on weekends.

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            tex.s.toast Feb 18, 2013 07:48 AM

            Where could six people possibly sit at cannibal? We went w 4 of us and were lucky to snag what appeared to be the only non counter seats.

            1. re: tex.s.toast
              avial Feb 18, 2013 06:33 PM

              they have a heated/covered garden in the back with picnic tables.

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            kathryn Feb 17, 2013 11:59 AM

            What's your budget, per person, before tax, tip, any drinks?

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            1. re: kathryn
              kobys Feb 17, 2013 12:07 PM

              I'm thinking under $100 per person all in. They are under age so won't be drinking any alcohol.

              1. re: kobys
                kathryn Feb 17, 2013 08:01 PM

                Empellon Cocina

                Though if you really want obscure and off the beaten path, you gotta leave Manhattan.

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                  kobys Feb 18, 2013 12:08 PM

                  Thanks Kathryn!

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                    Spiritchaser Feb 18, 2013 02:39 PM

                    The Marrow

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              rochfood Feb 17, 2013 10:58 AM

              Are they really groovy, far out cats ?

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              1. re: rochfood
                kobys Feb 17, 2013 11:10 AM

                Born and raised San Francisco foodie kids now going to college in NYC and Chicago. I would say they are "really groovy, far out cats". Would love to take them somewhere delicious and relatively obscure.

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