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any newer restaurants "buzzy" atmosphere?

yammers Sep 15, 2013 01:36 PM

Some girlfriends and I are going to NYC in early oct. (6 people) we all used to live there, but have since moved. Places late that we have been to include beauty & essex, stanton social, buddakhan, tao. Are there any new places with great food but buzzy atmosphere? Mid 30's. Cuisine and price not an issue. Thanks!

  1. k
    kathryn Sep 15, 2013 01:56 PM

    Early October means you're past the 1 month window for getting reservations. The really hip places will possibly be fully booked already, so you should begin making reservations ASAP.

    Have you checked out the Eater.com Heat Maps?

    1. t
      thegforceny Sep 15, 2013 02:18 PM

      If you like those party girl Bridge and Tunnel /tourist type places, try Manon. Though food was in fact pretty good.

      1. Ttrockwood Sep 15, 2013 06:48 PM

        Downstairs at Esquina is still a scene, the food is best after your first margarita :)
        Hotel on rivington's lounge is always happening
        The fashion people go to Coi, the bar at the Andaz hotel, and cellar bar near bryant park, especially thurs pm- but not many straight men around if you're looking....

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        1. re: Ttrockwood
          thegforceny Sep 16, 2013 10:08 AM

          Koi is the restaurant in Bryant Park Hotel (now also in Trump Soho); Bar Downstairs is the bar underneath the Andaz Fifth Ave.Cellar Bar is the bar in BP Hotel.



          Fashion crowd use to go there around Fashion Week(s) though since the tents moved to Lincoln Center, not sure if so much anymore.

        2. ipsedixit Sep 15, 2013 06:52 PM

          Quality Italian

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          1. re: ipsedixit
            Veggo Sep 15, 2013 06:57 PM

            Ipse, can we now address you as "Buzzy" in the courthouse?

            1. re: ipsedixit
              Sneakeater Sep 15, 2013 10:16 PM

              I don't want to start a stupid CH argument, but only for purposes of aiding the OP, I question whether someone thinking of Beauty & Essex and Stanton Social is going to find Quality Italian "buzzy".

              1. re: Sneakeater
                Ttrockwood Sep 16, 2013 09:09 PM

                Agree with you here. Not sure its the "vibe" the OP is looking for....

                1. re: Ttrockwood
                  ipsedixit Sep 16, 2013 09:21 PM

                  You're both right as I just realized I had a brain fart.

                  I meant to say Quality Meats (not Italian).

                  1. re: ipsedixit
                    Sneakeater Sep 17, 2013 06:56 AM

                    Not to fight, but just to help the OP, I don't think Quality Meats is what she's thinking of, either.

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              thegforceny Sep 16, 2013 10:10 AM


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              1. re: thegforceny
                Sneakeater Sep 16, 2013 11:57 AM

                She's right.

              2. y
                yammers Sep 17, 2013 02:05 PM

                thanks folks. I am a much more adventurous eater, but this isn't a weekend about "me" so appreciate all your suggestions!

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                1. re: yammers
                  Spiritchaser Sep 18, 2013 05:57 AM

                  I guess you can't really consider it "new" any longer but a very popular place with a lot of energy and a good vibe is The NoMad (restaurants and bar at The NoMad hotel). The bar is usually packed with all the usual "pretty" people, cocktails are incredible, food is fantastic.

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