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NYC recommendations needed!

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    FannyBrice

    Hi! LES resident here. There are a TON of places here, some off the beaten path – how adventurous are you?

    Fat Radish is awesome, and the same people own the excellent cocktail bar across the street – I’m blanking on the name, but they have great drinks and a limited menu of fat Radish dishes if you can’t get a table.

    Ten Bells is great, and one of my favorite long time places is 2 doors down, Barrio Chino. They don’t take reservations and there is always a wait but you can give them your number and go drink at ten bells until something opens up.

    Wildair is delicious but requires a res.

    49 Monroe is new and we’ve already been twice – great food and super cool design! It’s under the manhattan bridge. There’s a cocktail bar, Mr Fong’s, around the corner.

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    FannyBrice

    Also Bocaro – Italian and of all the restaurants I am thinking of is the most romantic. (Candlelight, exposed brick, etc).

    The LES isn’t really known for fancy romantic restaurants – it’s a little more casual and louder – but fun! If you’re going without a reservation, err on going earlier – 7-7:30 instead of 8:30.

    Have fun!

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    Also, Neighborhood bars worth checking out: Eastwood (wine & beer only) and Little Canal.

    Avoid the bars on Ludlow St like the plague. Trust me.

    I’m done now! Until I think of something else, that is!

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    LisforLeslie

    Ah, I interpreted that the kid would be with your mom in the city. My bad. Nonetheless, my recommendations still stands… Alice’s serves a fantastic brunch and the Cooper Hewitt is very small and very cool. But those make sense only if you’re going to Central Park.

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    Kate
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    Hi, people of NYC, I am resurrecting this thread because my husband and I will be in town over TG weekend. I made note of all the reco’s in this thread.

    We’re staying near Grand Central Station. Wondering if anyone has a great brunch spot to recommend? I love Bloody Marys, and some music would be a plus but not a must-have.

    And a good place to have dinner before a broadway show?

    Finally, any good “Old New York” spots, like Harry’s Bar or the Plaza, to have a drink or browse around? I’m an art history (double) major, but my husband would not love to spend half the day in a museum, though he likes to quickly check out a historical spot like St Patrick’s cathedral.

    Thanks!!!

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    LisforLeslie

    http://thesmithrestaurant.com/ – Really really good brunch.

    https://www.ricenbeansnyc.com/ – a few blocks north of theater district. Tiny hole in the wall. Super delicious Brazilian.

    You’re also about 10 blocks north of a great Greek Place (on the East Side) – Ethos. Super good fish.

    I will put in a plug for the Cooper Hewitt or the Neue Galerie on the UES (where I am). Both are small. Like a couple hours tops small. Cooper Hewitt has some really cool features. Near the Cooper Hewitt are some lovely little restaurants including a Sara Beth’s (brunch!) that don’t get much traffic outside of the locals. Closer to Grand Central is the Pierpont library.

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    The place where we had our wedding reception in 2009, Becco, is on restaurant row in the theater district and a hot spot for the pre-theater dinner crowd. The food is very good, and every bottle of wine is $25 or less (or at least it was when I was last there a few years ago). What show are you going to see?

    Check out the library bar at the hudson hotel for a New York-y place to have a drink and wander around. It’s not too far from Central Park. And not too far from the Museum of Art and Design, which is my favorite museum and one that even someone who doesn’t like art museums might enjoy.

    Saturday looks to be 50 degrees and sunny — could be a perfect day for a stroll on the highline in Chelsea. And your husband might enjoy touring the Intrepid if that’s open over the weekend.

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    Kate

    Thanks Leslie and Wendy! Checking these out. I didn’t know what the high line was until the other day when I was down in Chelsea to see my client and I actually saw part of the elevated walkway. It looked fun.

    We’re seeing Hamilton. Last year when I hit my sales goal, I bought tickets for my parents, but my husband hasn’t seen it yet and wants to (he wasn’t sure about it last year). The tickets are way less expensive now than they were then.

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    Kate

    But – we saw Kinky Boots back in January and he loved it, and that made him more sure he wanted to see Hamilton. My parents took me to a lot of plays as a kid, but his not so much.

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    Dear Wendy
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    Awesome — have fun!!
    Do you like flea markets? If so, you could combine a walk on the highline with a stop at the Hell’s Kitchen flea market, not too far from the highline. There’s also a couple popular brunch spots near there, like 44 1/2 on 10th ave.

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    Kate

    No to flea markets (just because of the crowd aspect, though we like pawn shops), but yes to brunch! Thank you!

    My client is right there on 10th Ave, and one of the guys lives down the street from there. So jealous. Although, he was unable to give me and my research manager a valid dinner reco. I guess they get so much free food at work, they don’t even know any restaurants.

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    Kate

    Becco menu looks great!

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