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NYC restaurant advice

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NYC restaurant advice

Hi, going to be in NYC for my step daughters 17th birthday in November and I'm beginning to think about somewhere for a celebration meal.

I'm planning to go up the Empire State at midnight to see in her birthday, but we'd like to take her somewhere special. After all, its not every year you travel to NYC for the first time to celebrate your birthday.

She's not into Chinese, but is quite a foodie. We'd like to make this an event, have you got any suggestions?

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1. Re: NYC restaurant advice

There are so many choices! Can you give us some idea of cuisine and budget, or ambience, at least?

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As I mentioned, she's not into Chinese food. She does love Italian and is happy to experiment. Just likes good food.

We'd like it to be a bit of an occasion type of place. She's a typical 17yo,who loves to dress up.

Perhaps somewhere with a view.

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if you want both a view and good food there aren't a lot of choices but you should look at the River Cafe and Robert.

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Did you plan to go to ESB on midnight of the same night you have that special meal?

For mid-range Italian I can highly recommend Maialino. It hasn't got a high view but it's in a gorgeous exclusive neighbourhood (Gramercy Park) and the food is top notch.

http://maialinonyc.com/about/

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Budget would be really helpful as this can make a big difference.

River Cafe in Brooklyn is amazing and has phenomenal views looking at the Manhattan skyline all lit up at night. You will be hard pressed to find a better view. When we were there in February it was $115pp for 3 courses and then there is drinks, tax and tips so it can add up. It's absolutely worth it though. However, if you are looking more around the $50pp range for food then it’s going to take out pretty much all of the Michelin star places.

Just don't go to The View - unless it is for dessert only. The food is very average.

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We are Village people and have lived in NYC for 40+ years and we generally eat-out in our neighborhood or nearby. For very good Italian food and drinks that will not break-the-bank here are our PERSONAL favorite places based on our frequent visits throughout these many years:

Gene's Restaurant on West 11th Street just east of 6th Avenue. Italian (mostly northern) and the place has been here for over 90 years (we have been eating here a few times per year since 1970) and it is a "Village" institution. Their is also a very friendly neighborhood bar.

Da Andrea at 35 West 13th Street between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue (AKA Avenue of the Americas) is also one of our neighborhood favorites; it is Italian and has entrees under $20 and has a very casual dress code (if at all) and you can make reservations for larger groups….it also has a great wine selection. This place is well known in the Village and some years ago moved to its current location because it outgrew its space on Hudson Street where it had been for many years.

We are fans of Mario Batali and we are partial to Otto which is in the Village at One Fifth Avenue (a block north of Washington Square Park). The food is heavenly; we love the pizza as an appetizer because the crust is paper thin. Though the place is called a “pizzeria” the menu is MUCH MUCH more than that.

And if you would like to go a bit more upscale with another of Mario Batali’s restaurants, we can highly recommend “Babbo” located in the Village on Waverly Place just west of Washington Square Park. Reservations are needed and we have found that we need to make them EXACTLY 30 days in advance (no more no less).

Though not Italian, you and your daughter may enjoy the Rosa Mexicano restaurant. The "Rosa" has various locations in the City, but we prefer the one in the Union Square area (9 E.18th St between Fifth Ave & Broadway). We also live in Mexico and much appreciate the authenticity of the various moles (sauces), drinks and atmosphere at the “Rosa” near Union Square. The grilled or roasted meats are exquisite.

Lastly, for dessert, especially cheese cake, you MUST try “Veniero’s Bakery” at 342 East 11th Street (corner of 1st Avenue). This Italian bakery has been serving-up the carbs for more than 100 years.

CH

Edited: 17 August 2014, 23:05
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