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    Vathena

    Hi everyone! So, my husband’s 50th(!!) birthday was this past weekend, and my gift to him is a weekend away, to NYC . My mom is coming to stay with our 4-year-old. It will be the first time we’ve had a night alone together since our daughter was born!! I’m so stoked. And also very worried that something is going to foil my carefully-laid plans. (I was supposed to take my husband out to a fancy dinner last Friday – babysitter, Rent the Runway dress, difficult-to-obtain reservations – and I busted my ass to get home from work and get my daughter settled in and myself ready, only to have him come home feeling deathly ill. So instead we went to urgent care and I hung out in the waiting room playing iPad games with my kid. Ugh!)

    Anyway, tl;dr I’d love some restaurant/wine bar recommendations, especially anything on the Lower East Side, preferably nowhere that would require a reservation (I didn’t make any definite plans in the city, to allow for maximum spontaneity). Anything with a romantical atmosphere for dinner would be especially great, considering our missed date night last weekend! Husband doesn’t really do seafood/spicy food, but anything else is fair game.

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    Vathena

    Adult-time bump!

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    LisforLeslie

    I have no restaurant recommendations – I pretty much stick to uptown. That said – you are going to have to go really early or just make and cancel a reservation. I do not recommend the LES without one.

    Try Time-Out New York for recommendations if you don’t find success here.

    Anything else planned for the weekend?

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    dinoceros
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    All my recommendations are for Brooklyn. 🙁

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    Vathena

    No plans! We will go where the wind takes us, mostly. I wanted to have a weekend that felt mostly free-and-easy, nowhere-to-be relaxing. Of course, the limitation is if we want to eat well outside of the tasty neighborhood dives. Nothing against dives, but I was looking for a slightly more upscale vibe for this trip! It looks like the weather will be gorgeous, so we’ll probably walk along the High Line and hang out in Central Park, do some window shopping, maybe check out the “Fearless Girl”. Since we’ll have less than 48 hours, we’ll probably stick to Manhattan this time, but I know Brooklyn is pretty cool too. 😉

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    Copa
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    I once went to a wine bar in NYC called Anfora. I liked it, but I’m not sure if that’s the vibe you’d be looking for (check it out on Yelp, maybe?) and I’m pretty sure it’s in West Village.

    My one NYC recommendation for everyone is to get hot chocolate at City Bakery. It’s super rich and they sell homemade marshmallows to plop in your cup. Their baked goods are good, too. They also serve lunch there, and I’ve never tried their “real” food but it looks good.

    I think the High Line is one of my favorite things to do in Manhattan, btw. Enjoy!

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    Dear Wendy
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    Most of my recs would also be for brooklyn, but for a special 50th birthday dinner, you can’t go wrong with Gramercy Tavern, arguably one of the best restaurants in the world (also run by an acquaintance of mine, one of the only female GMs at that level). It’s not in the LES, but not too far either.

    There’s a place on the lES I like called Fat Radish. It’s cool and has a romantic atmosphere. It can get loud though and you would really want reservations on a weekend night. But it’s worth checking out.

    Have fun!

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    Oh, and another eatery I like a lot for a romantic meal is called Buvette. It’s in the west village, but worth the trek over.

    #717648 Reply
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    And my favorite wine bar is in Hell’s Kitchen, a block from where Drew and I used to live in our child-free days. It’s called Cassellula, and would be a perfect little spot to dip into after a walk through central park (it’s about 10 minutes from the park), on the earlier side of the evening/ late afternoon (say 4 or 5, before it gets crowded).

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    LisforLeslie

    I do the same, but since you didn’t ask I’m going to give you some recommendations anyway.

    Since you’re considering Central Park – that means you’ll be uptown! A lovely place is Alice’s Tea Cup – your four year old and your mom would enjoy it. There are three, one on the west side, and two on the east side – one on 82nd and one on 63rd, only a few blocks from the Central Park Zoo. They have delicious teas and amazing scones and a lovely brunch. I think they take day-of reservations so call ahead (they change their policy all the time). They have little fairy wings that they let the kids wear during their meals.

    Central Park has also recently redone a lot of their parks and they have different things for different ages so be sure to look at a map for the best ones for your kid-let.

    If you’re feeling a must for culture – go to the Cooper Hewitt. They have a back yard garden where the kid can run around like a little kid. It’s super small in a converted mansion so that you can tour it in an hour or so. They also have this really neat tool where you can capture the things you like using a wand with a code reader then look at the stuff again online later. Since that’s by some really posh schools, you can head over to Lexington where there are some nice restaurants and shops.

    Have fun!

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    Vathena

    Fantastic stuff, thanks all! I was actually looking at Fat Radish (they still have tables available this Friday and Saturday). We’re certainly not averse to a trek, but the hotel is LES so I figured that would be a good place to start. LisforLeslie – thanks for the kid-friendly recs! We are actually leaving the four-year-old at home in DC with her Grandma this time, but would love to bring her to the Big Apple sometime next year. We have tentative plans with friends to take all our daughters to see “Frozen” on Broadway, haha! I’m super excited to have some time with just my husband doing whatever looks good in the moment. Our traditional pre-kid method of vacationing has been “pick a city and wander around”.

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    TaraMonster
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    I went to grab the Yelp link to my fave tapas place in the LES (I used to live there) and it has closed! *cries*

    But Ten Bells is a great LES wine bar, recommended to me by my most trusted sommelier friend: https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-ten-bells-new-york

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