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Chowhounders - Please 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!

Thanks

Tina

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  1. I'd like to help you, but I've only been to Shake Shack on your list. Can you provide more specifics about what kind of food you are looking for?

    1. Holy moly does that cover a ton of restaurants -- I think that's why you're not getting any replies. Can you provide a budget range and more specifics on what you are looking for?

      1. Based on your liking Blue Smoke I would suggest Mable's Smokehouse In Bklyn/Williamsburg.
        Great food and vibe.
        http://www.mablessmokehouse.com
        Regards,
        JK

        1. What about something like L'Osteria Morini? On the "nicer" but not at all fancy-schmancy.

          1. If you like Clinton Strete Baking Company then get yourself down to Buttermilk Channel on Court Street in Carroll Gardens.