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Hunter69 Apr 10, 2013 12:51 PM

We are staying at 70 Park Ave at the Kimpton this weekend, looking for a nice restaurant and wine bar. We love good food $$$ Steaks, seafood and Italian cuisine - and a fun lounge. We don't like loud... romantic would be ideal. Thanks... :)

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    roze Apr 10, 2013 12:53 PM

    Park Avenue runs from 14th street to 132nd street...you may want to define your location a bit better.

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      thegforceny Apr 10, 2013 01:00 PM

      While you're at it, you should add more details about what you like, what you do not, price points, cuisines, which meal you seek help with, where you're coming from, how many people, ages, etc....

      "We love good food." doesn't help much. ; )

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        JC2 Apr 10, 2013 01:55 PM

        This is a very tough crowd. The IPO said that they are staying at 70 Park Ave. So, they are in the high 30's. How much more specific can they be?

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          thegforceny Apr 10, 2013 02:01 PM

          OP edited that. It did not originally indicate the exact address, which is why roze asked, so that hounds could better assist.

          FYI - Posts can be edited for up to two hours after their original posting. For example, you could still edit your accusatory post : D

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        Hunter69 Apr 10, 2013 01:18 PM

        I am new on here - staying at Kimpton on 70 Park Ave. The two of us are in our late 40's and we are having a romantic get away weekend... We live in Newport RI and do not get away often. So we need some help with where to go...
        Good food - $$$ Love steaks, Italian cuisine, seafood.
        He loves desserts and cigars... After dinner - where to go for a fun upscale bar, nothing loud - more on the romantic side.
        Thanks!

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          kathryn Apr 10, 2013 06:23 PM

          Lots of ideas here, esp from Motosport.
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/897709
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/896137

          A few days away is VERY late to be planning, for Manhattan, especially for Fri/Sat night. The best restaurants book 3-4 weeks in advance.

          Are you willing to eat at 6pm or 10pm? That's what many restaurants will have left by the time you look tomorrow (Thurs).

          I have a feeling you will find it hard to find something that fits ALL of your criteria: last minute tables left at good times, near 38th and Park, romantic, not too loud, only steak/Italian/seafood. The neighborhood you have chosen is also not the best for steak/Italian/seafood... are you willing to go a little further afield?

          If you broaden your cuisine specifications + location requirements you will have more options, but they may not be quiet and romantic.

          You are not too far away from Resto, which has excellent steaks, but is not very romantic or quiet. Wolfgang's is also nearby, but again, not terribly romantic or quiet.

          For Italian, you're not too far from Ai Fiori, either.

          Grand Central Oyster Bar is nearby and good for raw oysters, but the cooked food has gotten poor feedback here. Beautiful architecture, but I don't find it terribly quiet or romantic.

          For a bar afterwards, Lantern's Keep, make a reservation, it's small. Maybe the bar at the NoMad or the Library Room at the NoMad. Or the bar at Eleven Madison Park.

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            Motosport Apr 11, 2013 11:40 AM

            kathryn, I am humbled and honored, grazie mille!!

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              roze Apr 12, 2013 09:28 AM

              I agree the bar at The NoMad could be just what your looking for after dinner but it gets crowded... perhaps the Campbell Apartment in Grand Central would be another option if its packed. It's classic old NY and just gorgeous.

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                Phil Ogelos Apr 13, 2013 09:40 AM

                Campbell Apartment: gorgeous, yes, but man, is it ever loud, loud, loud.

                EDIT: Moto gets a commendation from Kathryn without even posting on this very thread; I'd say that defines cachet. (That, or they're a couple)

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                  kathryn Apr 13, 2013 10:31 AM

                  I linked to two threads where Motosport posted in them.

                  I'm happily married to someone else, thanks.

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                    Motosport Apr 15, 2013 09:11 AM

                    Maybe it's because I am a sharp dresser!!!!
                    Each time I have stopped by Campbell Apartment there has been a private party going on. Sooner or later I'll hit it when we can get in.

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                    GaryUES Apr 14, 2013 12:57 PM

                    Also, the Campbell Apt. has a dress code, no sneakers allowed, and I doubt that jeans are acceptable. After several encounters there, my impression is that they want the young, beautiful--and loud--crowd.

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              Hunter69 Apr 10, 2013 08:00 PM

              Thanks Kathryn for your response - yes the last minute planning is not on our side... that's why I am on here. My boyfriend decided last minute to come to NYC. We were suppose to be in Montreal - but the weather is not on our side. I really didn't even know where to book a hotel - not knowing your city. I may change my hotel to a different area maybe the Upper East Side??

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                Hunter69 Apr 11, 2013 11:52 AM

                Thinking of going to Greenwich for dinner and drinks on Saturday night - any suggestions for an Italian romantic restaurant? If not dinner may go during the day to walk around and have lunch, gourmet thin crust pizzas and salad.
                Thanks....

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                  MRS Apr 12, 2013 07:03 AM

                  Sorry, did you mean Greenwich Village? or Greenwich, CT?

                2. mbfant Apr 12, 2013 12:13 AM

                  You'll be very centrally located -- that's my NY neighborhood. Right near you is Smorgas Chef in Scandinavia House, which I love for lunch, brunch, and easy dinners. A few blocks south is the steakhouse Wolfgang, where I've never been, but it seems worth looking into. For seafood, I love Sea Grill in Rockefeller Center, also walking distance, and the classic Oyster Bar, in Grand Central (but it's loud). For Italian (which I tend to avoid since I live in Italy), we like Maialino (book yesterday) on Gramercy Park. And all that stretch of restaurants on Park Avenue South and the Union Square area are within striking distance.

                  1. Phil Ogelos Apr 12, 2013 04:00 AM

                    'Tocqueville' should do the trick for you -a great, if under-recommended, place.

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                      guanubian Apr 13, 2013 09:34 AM

                      Tocqueville also has a well-stocked, cozy bar with a helpful staff. If you like brown liquor in a romantic setting, T's bar will pay off.

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