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uncledunkel Dec 3, 2013 05:13 AM

So my wife and I are doing a mini date night tonight. We plan to grab a quick drink and small bite somewhere and then pickup takeout somewhere a short walk away for us and parents. Location: I am traveling from Grand Central to Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn. Great if both places are near GC, but I am okay making one stop on the subway. The bar should have good food and mocktails. The takeout needs to be good, parents prefer ethnic, not fried; but open to non-ethnic too. Takeout needs to handle ~40 minute commute home. First bar thoughts in my mind are: Eleven Madison Park, NoMad, PDT, Death & Co. Takeout #1 choice would be Mission Chinese if they were open. Since they are not, thought of Hunan Manor & Zabb Elee jump out to me - benn to and like both. Other ideas? Obviously PDT and Zabb Elee are close to each other and on my list, so they are a good combo, but wanted to see if you all could come up with a better one. Any good takeout spots near EMP/NoMad? Any good bar options near Hunan Manor?

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    UES Mayor RE: uncledunkel Dec 3, 2013 05:48 AM

    EMP and Nomad will probably be mobbed at rush hour time-there are several offices in building above EMP that always fills the bar right after work. Same w NoMad-bar small so it fills up fast and too crowed for my comfort. What time are you planning to hae drinks- that would help narrow down choice of first part of venue.

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      uncledunkel RE: UES Mayor Dec 3, 2013 06:45 AM

      good point. don't want to battle crowds. probably 6:30ish

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      kathryn RE: uncledunkel Dec 3, 2013 06:44 AM

      Middle Branch then Hunan Manor?

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        lexismore RE: uncledunkel Dec 3, 2013 08:02 AM

        Salvation Taco has some good cocktails (not sure about mocktails) and appetizers, and is very close to Hunan Manor.

        1. Monica RE: uncledunkel Dec 3, 2013 10:04 AM

          Xian's famous? Cafe Zaiya?
          you can also do cheese and pate from Murray's cheese market in GC.

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