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signore22 Dec 26, 2013 03:38 PM

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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    AubWah RE: signore22 Dec 26, 2013 03:59 PM

    Charlie Bird

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      signore22 RE: AubWah Dec 26, 2013 04:19 PM

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

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        mitchleeny RE: signore22 Dec 27, 2013 05:29 AM

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

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      TatyanaG RE: signore22 Dec 26, 2013 05:57 PM

      Lavo

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        sam1 RE: TatyanaG Dec 27, 2013 08:42 AM

        you're kidding right?

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          foodwhisperer RE: sam1 Dec 27, 2013 06:58 PM

          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. ipsedixit RE: signore22 Dec 26, 2013 06:30 PM

        Stanton Social

        Beauty & Essex

        1. Ttrockwood RE: signore22 Dec 26, 2013 06:48 PM

          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. ChefJune RE: signore22 Dec 27, 2013 10:07 AM

            Saxon & Parole on the corner of Bleecker and Bowery.

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