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Mar 16, 2014 10:58 AM

Hey Chowhounders, give me what you got.... :)

Hi, hubby and I are returning to NYC for our 11th visit in May/June (yes, we love coming back to the city despite living in the UK!) and would love to hear your recommendations for a restaurant.

It's my 39th birthday on the Friday night (30th May) and I'd really like to try someplace we haven't been before. Whenever we come back we always end up at our favourites so some inspiration is needed!

We don't like fancy schmancy or having to dress up (so nothing like Per Se, or EMP etc) and prefer somewhere a little less crowded - although as it's a Friday night I know that's probably unlikely.

If I tell you a few of our NYC favourites I'm hoping you'll be able to judge the kind of place - we like Blue Smoke, Cafeteria, Fiat Cafe, Bubby's, Clinton Street Baking Co., Shake Shack. We steer very clear of places like TGI, Olive Garden, Hard Rock etc.

Food wise no fish (allergy) and we're not over enamoured by chinese - we get good chinese here. Prefer homestyle food to fashionable food.

Happy with Manhattan or Brooklyn.

Please Chowhound - give me what you got!



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  1. Fatty Cue. I like the Brooklyn branch, but it gets crazy loud over the course of the evening. They call it "atmosphere".

    But the coriander-cured bacon app is unforgettable.

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    1. re: linguafood

      My understanding is that the Brooklyn shop is closed

      1. re: wewwew

        Oops. My bad. Haven't been there in a while.

        Thanks for the correction!

    2. +1 for Fatty Cue.

      Keens might also be a good choice for a meat-centric meal with a great old New York atmosphere.

      1. Tinks, Joe and Misses Doe, Pig and Khao

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        1. re: princeofpork3

          +1 for Pig and Khao

          I haven't yet been myself but on gael greene's blog she wasn't a big fan of tiny's.....(second half of this post- where she loved telepan local)

          Take it with a grain of salt....

        2. Spotted Pig, ABC Cocina, The Marrow, Joseph Leonard

          1. Battersby on Smith Street in Brooklyn. Downside is it's teeny tiny, which means either getting there right when they open, or putting in your name and getting a drink elsewhere. Really yummy.