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Good food AND good design?

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I'm meeting my sister and her bf for dinner tonight, and after a lot of travelling and eating out my sister asked for a restaurant with good, wholesome food. This I can do.

Her architect boyfriend, on his first trip to NYC, requested a place with good design. huh? I'm totally stumped.

What are your recommendations?
location: I'm in meatpacking; she's in west village, but for a great place we can go anywhere in manhattan.
price: I can spend some $ since I want my sister ot have a great dinner. but I can't afford like a $500 dinner. My first thoughts were eataly or cookshop.

Thanks in advance - I trust the wisdom of this group!

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  1. Try Lincoln for great food and design. The prix fixe is $65.

    1. Well, I guess first you would need to know what he means by design. What I consider one of the most beautiful dining rooms in the city is Eleven Madison Park, but I happen to love Art Deco (dinner wouldn't fit your budget but a trip to the bar area would be nice), the Bar Room at The Modern has a nice cool, modern design, chrome-y and black/red leather, the restaurants at The NoMad were designed by a noteable French architect Jacques Garcia and are very interesting. Don't know if these will help but maybe it will get the ball rolling.

        1. I second Lincoln. Stunning at night!

          1. From an architect-foodie: The Modern.