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My former college roommate is paying me a visit this weekend. Unfortunately I have recently moved to New York myself and just began exploring the restaurant scene. Looking for fun, trendy places for dinner where I can get a reservation relatively last minute. Ideal is a 'seen and be seen' type of place, knowing him, without compromising food quality! We are both single professionals in our early 30s.

Thanks!

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  1. Charlie Bird

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    1. re: AubWah

      Thanks for the rec - unfortunately no tables available at all until next week!

      1. re: signore22

        Pearl & Ash, Mission Cantina, Alder, Uncle Boon's

    2. Lavo

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      1. re: TatyanaG

        you're kidding right?

        1. re: sam1

          I bet Lavo is probably one that fits the bill for the OP. Especially if they can get into the club next-door to the restaurant.

      2. Stanton Social

        Beauty & Essex

        1. Eater's "heatmap" is a good list, i would skip butter midtown just because i was never impressed by downtown......
          I really liked toro.
          If no res are available inquire about bar dining or a bar menu.
          http://m.ny.eater.com/archives/2013/1...

          The nomad (part of hotel- not the restaurant in e village) will most likely be booked yet has amazing atmosphere and a great bar

          1. Saxon & Parole on the corner of Bleecker and Bowery.