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BIG Birthday Adventure for Coolest Chic EVER. - Please Help!

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I'm coming up short on this one ya'll. The most amazing true renaissance woman's Birthday deserves some sultry, 'underground', exciting deliciousness. She's not into excess, nor are we after an 'eyeball' eating adventure. I need something fun, interesting, maybe 'old new york vibe', maybe new but not trendoid......Please HELP!

Places we like(d): Vinegar Hill House; Calyer; Zenkichi; Sushi Yasuda; I Coppi; Marlow and Sons; Traif (for novelty); Northern Spy...and to show our aging: Ninth St. Market (brunch in the winter); Old Devil Moon (brunch after drinking); Luger (when money didn't mean anything).

I'm posting in Manhattan too. I appreciate any/all ideas; I need something wonderful/hidden/re-discovered....Wouldn't mind any special watering-hole recs too.

Thanks in Advance!

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  1. In an ideal world, I'd say Blanca would definitely fit the bill. It's hard to get reservations there, however, so perhaps hit something new in Williamsburg...Potlikker, for instance, fits your delicious-eclectic-but-not-excessive requirements.

    1. Traif!!!

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      1. re: Motosport

        She's already been to Traif.

      2. what about xixa, the new place just opened by the traif people? i haven't tried it yet, but it's getting rave reviews. i also really like rye, st. anselm, and five leaves. all three are in williamsburg and are sexy, dim, and have great food and cocktails (except for st. anselm, but still some interesting stuff). similar to several of the places you mentioned. rye is pretty big and has been open for a long time so you wouldn't have to wait long, the other two don't take reservations and will have a wait-- but they're worth it! st. anselm is definitely the way to go if she's into grilled meat/seafood.

        also abistro in ft. greene is incredible food, but terrible service. i just heard they're closing at the end of the month, so you could only go there if this is relatively soon.

        1. Thanks so much. I really appreciate the consideration! I have an idea, and I'll report back at week's end, on the off chance 'she's' trolling this board :)

          1. Locanda Vinii e Olii

            1. Thanks all! Both Manhattan & Brooklyn folks were generous with the suggestions. Much appreciated.

              Went to Sakagura, and it was perfect. The bonus is I now have a great list of new places and a reminder of some I've neglected. Thanks again.