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Old 03-29-2017, 05:31 AM   #1951
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Re: New York City: Your favorite things to do or places to go

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Got a buddy coming in for conference so we're gonna get some drinks and food Friday afternoon and evening. Any recommendations on some cool spots to go to?

Pretty much anywhere in the city south of Central Park is fine. I'm just looking for unique spots.
For drinks Little Branch in the West Village is a nice spot. It's a speakeasy and the bartenders like for you to tell them a category of alcohol to work with and they'll make you something interesting and good in that ballpark, they do a nice job. Prices are par. There are hotter mixology places around but on a Friday night the lines will be ridiculous. I'd say get there at 7-8 if you don't want to wait outside at all.

Minetta Tavern is in the area for food they make a sick burger etc nice atmosphere.

Those are just a couple random choices I like otherwise I'd say spend a while on Yelp and narrow down by the category and/or price range you're looking for and pick something with a lot of great ratings, that rarely steers you wrong.
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Old 04-01-2017, 09:46 AM   #1952
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Minetta Tavern is in the area for food they make a sick burger etc nice atmosphere.
Minetta Tavern burgers are great, and the magic with them is the drunker you are the better they taste. So the key is to get as drunk as possible before going there, but not over the line to where they won't serve you. It's a fun game.
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Old 04-07-2017, 10:16 PM   #1953
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Re: New York City: Your favorite things to do or places to go

Could anyone recommend any good bars in/around the East Village? Meeting a friend from out of town there tomorrow (day) and don't know the area well.

Also are there any decent rooftop bars in the vicinity?

No price constraints, any suggestions would be appreciated thanks.
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Old 04-08-2017, 12:35 AM   #1954
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Re: New York City: Your favorite things to do or places to go

Death & Company is a low key spot with nice cocktails.
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Old 04-13-2017, 07:47 AM   #1955
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Re: New York City: Your favorite things to do or places to go

Just made a res at gramercy tavern haven't been there in ages
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Old 04-13-2017, 10:08 AM   #1956
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Re: New York City: Your favorite things to do or places to go

The Standard Hotel has a nice outdoor bar in the East Village, though not rooftop.

Edit: Yeah, a bit late on this recommendation.
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Old 04-14-2017, 09:06 AM   #1957
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Re: New York City: Your favorite things to do or places to go

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The Standard Hotel has a nice outdoor bar in the East Village, though not rooftop.
Agree on this - the wife and I spent some time here last spring and it was really nice.

I'll be hitting up Bâtard next week.

Any recommendations for a anniversary night hotel? I have stayed at the Waldorf Astoria the last 19 years - but they are closing for renovations/conversion to condo for the next 2-3 years.

The Surrey looks real nice.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-14-2017, 10:55 AM   #1958
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If you can afford it the Mandarin in Columbus Circle is pretty solid. Their costs can be absurd at times.

I assume out-of-towners can likely provide more recommendations.
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Old 04-17-2017, 04:19 PM   #1959
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Re: New York City: Your favorite things to do or places to go

What about the Plaza?

There is a new Park Hyatt on 57th that is supposed to be pretty nice.
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Old 04-19-2017, 08:25 AM   #1960
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Re: New York City: Your favorite things to do or places to go

Thank you....I'll check both out.

Yesterday my daughter and I went into the city for the car show, ended up eating tacos from the El Rey del Sabor taco cart (43rd & 6th) and hanging out in Bryant Park. Was super-awesome. Highly recommended.
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Old 04-19-2017, 10:28 AM   #1961
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FYI when I now stay in NYC for the night it's usually at the W in Union Square. It's a decent hotel with a good bar/lounge downstairs and a great location if you plan to spend a lot of your time below 23rd street.
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Old 04-20-2017, 08:49 AM   #1962
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New York City: Your favorite things to do or places to go

The W in union square and battery park are both very nice and convenient if you're spending time downtown.

Also agree on mandarin oriental. Very convenient if you're looking to do shopping or spend some time in the park. Another midtown option is the peninsula on 55th and 5th. Have only stayed there once but go to their rooftop bar pretty often and have always had a good experience.

I'd avoid the plaza

Download the app hoteltonight, you may get lucky and snag a super cheap room which could be useful at these sorts of places
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Old 04-20-2017, 11:50 AM   #1963
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+1 to the Hoteltonight app. I used it frequently in NYC before I moved here, and they often have pretty good deals on "highroller" suites. Though they're not at the most luxury hotels, it could still be pretty cool for your purposes.
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Old 04-23-2017, 03:01 PM   #1964
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Re: New York City: Your favorite things to do or places to go

Had a very very good dinner at Batard last night.

Steak Tartare


Farfalle with short rib ragu


Atlantic Halibut with ramps, caviar and champagne sauce


Braised Porcelet Shoulder


Warm Chocolate Fondant dessert
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Old 04-28-2017, 12:55 AM   #1965
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Mmm that farfalle looks delicious.
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Old 06-15-2017, 11:44 PM   #1966
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Re: New York City: Your favorite things to do or places to go

Was just looking at some restaurant reviews and noticed some comments about places I TR'd 4 years ago. Sorry for the blast from the past

Apparently Ushiwakamaru moved to Chelsea from their hole in the wall location on Houston, doubled the price ($70 as of 2013 --> $135 today) of their Omakase, and got a Michelin Star.

And, Jungsik had one star at the time and got a second in 2014 and has kept it ever since.

I moved to Vegas from NJ in 2014 and haven't been back, hence the time gap.

Highly recommend both these places (at least as of 2013), but certainly seems like they were excellent moneyball plays at the time.
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Old 06-16-2017, 01:03 AM   #1967
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Re: New York City: Your favorite things to do or places to go

Any recommendations for some entry-level Omakase? It would be my first, and I certainly don't have the budget for $150pp.
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Old 06-16-2017, 01:17 AM   #1968
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Re: New York City: Your favorite things to do or places to go

If you want to go super bare bones, Sushi on Jones is a tiny stand in the Bowery Market with $50 omakase. You can only sit for 30 minutes and probably wont be full but I thought it was decent value when I went.

Tanoshi sushi is a good spot on the UES that's around $90, but it's BYOB so you'll save on booze.

I've heard Katsuei is solid but haven't been there.
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Old 06-18-2017, 09:28 AM   #1969
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Any recommendations for some entry-level Omakase? It would be my first, and I certainly don't have the budget for $150pp.
Sushi Dojo or Sushi Yasaka will do you right without destroying your wallet.
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