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Tattooed Couple looking for funky, trendy, fun, fancy dinner. And DRINKS!

Would you recommend going to D+C on Friday evening instead, so that we don't have to rush, and therefore set up an evening put and about for drinks & such, or rather on Saturday prior to the show?

Apr 13, 2011
Antevius in Manhattan

Tattooed Couple looking for funky, trendy, fun, fancy dinner. And DRINKS!

I haven't made a concrete decision as of yet, but I have a few spots in mind. And, I'm sure I'll be carrying it with me the whole time should I feel the right moment strike. But, I'll definitely look into your suggestion. :)

Apr 13, 2011
Antevius in Manhattan

Tattooed Couple looking for funky, trendy, fun, fancy dinner. And DRINKS!

Or, would it be more practical to go AFTER the show? We should be getting out around 11pm, so I imagine there would be a wait to get in at that hour. Basically, I'm debating in whether I should go there Friday night with no concerns, or on Saturday, pre- or post-show.

Apr 13, 2011
Antevius in Manhattan

Tattooed Couple looking for funky, trendy, fun, fancy dinner. And DRINKS!

I don't know if it's worth mentioning or not, but I plan on proposing to the girl while we're in NYC. Now, this doesn't really have anything to do with where we dine, really, because I don't plan to ask her in a restaurant. But, I just figured I'd throw that out there. I imagine it'll be Friday evening, either prior to or after dinner. That way I'm not stressing out all day Saturday. :)

Apr 13, 2011
Antevius in Manhattan

Tattooed Couple looking for funky, trendy, fun, fancy dinner. And DRINKS!

You make a great point about wd-50 being unique to NYC. I might make the rez as soon as I can and see what the girl thinks about it, although, it might end up being outside of her comfort zone.

Apr 13, 2011
Antevius in Manhattan

Tattooed Couple looking for funky, trendy, fun, fancy dinner. And DRINKS!

A few questions: if we're seeing the 8:00 performance of Wicked at the Gershwin, could we feasibly go to Death + Co. beforehand for either drinks or dinner? How much time would we have to give ourselves to get to the theater, and what time should we arrive at D+C?

Apr 13, 2011
Antevius in Manhattan

Tattooed Couple looking for funky, trendy, fun, fancy dinner. And DRINKS!

LOTS of awesome information here, kathryn. Thank you so much! Dia de Los Muertos decor sounds like something she would absolutely LOVE and if they've got great cocktails, as well, well hell, we're there! I'll also check out the menus of the places you've suggested. This is my homework this week. :)

Apr 11, 2011
Antevius in Manhattan

Tattooed Couple looking for funky, trendy, fun, fancy dinner. And DRINKS!

Lo - after checking out your recommendations, I must say that you've definitely got our vibe pegged. Checking out Freemans, Supper, and Frankie's 17's menus, I can already see multiple options for the girl and even more for myself. I think she'd even prefer to go to places like these than some totally swank joint. And Death + Company is a definite MUST.

Apr 11, 2011
Antevius in Manhattan

Tattooed Couple looking for funky, trendy, fun, fancy dinner. And DRINKS!

Thanks for the rec on The Ace Hotel. We actually looked into getting a room there, but in the end, decided on the Gershwin in order to save ourselves a few hundred dollars. Besides, from what everyone has told me, a hotel room in NYC is just a place to rest your bones for a few hours.

As I said, wd-50 is currently at the top of my list, and if you think they'll accommodate the girl with enough advanced notice, then maybe that's the way to go. But, I'll also look into your other recs, as well.

Thanks for the list of cocktail spots. Those are DEFINITELY places we would be interested in! :)

Apr 11, 2011
Antevius in Manhattan

Tattooed Couple looking for funky, trendy, fun, fancy dinner. And DRINKS!

So, here's the deal...

My girlfriend and I will be in NYC May 13-15. We're a couple of tattooed, quirky and unique individuals (I sing in a band and she works at an artisan art gallery) from Ohio, and I'm looking for a place to take her to dinner.

We're staying at the Gershwin Hotel (because, after doing a bunch of research, we decided that if she and I were a hotel, we'd be the Gershwin) and we have tickets to see Wicked at the Gershwin Theater on Saturday night. Due to the fact that, I imagine, a big chunk of the evening will be occupied by the theater, I had planned on going to the "big" dinner on Friday night, unless, of course, you all think I can swing it all on Saturday. When I say "big" dinner, I mean that when we go on trips, we usually have one upscale, fancy dinner, and the rest of the time just pig out on local fare.

So, here's the skinny: I'm looking for a place that's funky, young, hip, unique, trendy... someplace where we won't be shunned by uptight elderly folks who go to fancy joints on a regular basis. I would say that we lean towards contemporary American fare, but here's the caveat: she isn't a big meat eater. I'm not saying that she's a full bore veggie, as she eats pepperoni pizza, will ~sometimes~ have chicken, and loves, loves, loves bacon, but she won't eat beef, or other forms of pork, and absolutely no meat in her pasta or sauce. She's special like that. I, on the other hand, will eat, and have eaten, just about anything and everything. I don't discriminate. But, I'd rather not go to an exclusively veg restaurant. We frequent Michael Symon's restaurants in Cleveland, Lola & Lolita, and she always gets the macaroni and cheese (minus the chicken,) or a simple olive oil pizza. And, at our favorite restaurant in Akron, Crave, she always gets the Caesar Salad with truffle oil.

On top of that, we love the cocktails. Around our parts, half our regular dinner bill is comprised of drinks and cocktails - she loves bellinis, and I love sampling all kinds of Martinis and other cocktails.

Location isn't really an issue, unless we make a rez for Saturday night and then we'd have to stay relatively close to the Theater District. I don't want to say that I don't have a budget, because I don't mind spending money, but I'd rather stay away from places that are going to run me into debt. From things I've read on the boards, wd50 seems right up our alley, but I don't know if their menu caters to the girl's particularity.

There you have it. We're just two rad kids from Ohio who are madly in love and plan on exploring the Big Apple for a whirlwind weekend. What say you, hounds?

Apr 11, 2011
Antevius in Manhattan

Restaurant recs in Richmond, 11/19-11/21.

Hello, Hounds. I am travelling from Cleveland to the Richmond area on 11/19-11/21 to go to the Dave Matthews Band concert in Charlottesville on 11/20. As the majority of the hotels in Charlottesville were booked (and those that weren't were charging exorbitant prices for mediocre lodgings) I decided to book a hotel west of Richmond instead.

I'm looking for a good restaurant to take my girlfriend to on Friday evening, 11/19, for a romantic dinner. Price is not an issue. She does not eat red meat or pork (but she loves bacon - who doesn't?), but will eat chicken, shrimp, pasta dishes, and salads. I do not discriminate when it comes to food at all. I wouldn't mind eating somewhere that's a Richmond staple, or has some sort of signature dish that I won't be able to find back home.

I've done a bit of research on this site and others, and have decided that we would go to 821 Bakery Cafe for breakfast on Saturday morning, and Millie's for brunch on Sunday morning. Saturday will be spent checking out various sights in Richmond, before driving to Charlottesville for the show. And we will be heading back to Ohio after we eat on Sunday morning.

So, what say you, hounds? Any good recs for Friday evening? Are my breakfast choices good? Any other places I should try to visit during my short stay? Thanks!

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821 Bakery Cafe
821 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23220

Nov 09, 2010
Antevius in Mid-Atlantic