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Dinner recs and maybe a speak easy-ish drink?

Kathryn, you've been a huge help. Thank you so much, and if you're ever out in mid- to eastern Suffolk County, I owe you a few drinks

Jan 31, 2014
Yanks121482 in Manhattan

Dinner recs and maybe a speak easy-ish drink?

Thank you both very much for your recommendations! I missed the Babbo spot, but we have a reservation at Empellon Taqueria tomorrow night @ 6:45. I did email Lantern's Keep about a reservation and have not heard back yet, but that I'm less worried about.

As a follow up, any good recommendations for good cocktail spots by Blue Note that are walk in friendly? I realize that everything will be crowded at that point, but I'm thinking for if we have some time between dinner and the show.

Jan 31, 2014
Yanks121482 in Manhattan

Dinner recs and maybe a speak easy-ish drink?

Hello Chowhounds, you have never steered me wrong before and I come to you again for some help. My girlfriend and I do not live together and we rarely get to spend a lot of time alone. She just surprised me with some Maceo Parker tickets for this Saturday night at the Blue Note. We will be staying by York and 83rd at a friend of mine's vacant apartment, so pretty much anywhere is fair game since we will be venturing more or less clear across Manhattan.

She loves the speak easy vibe (because she never has to do any of the work to get in). I'm going to try to get a reservation at PDT for after the show but I've taken her there already, and we've been to the (new) Milk and Honey. Any other good recommendations for drinks after the show that are a little off the beaten path? Has anyone been to 230 5th since they put up those cool little heated igloo things outside?

For dinner, she originally suggested Becco but she's been there and we decided to try something new. Not necessarily Italian, and we have no dietary restrictions. We'll be drinking a bit and I would like to keep it around $200 if possible with some wiggle room on the top end for really good drinks. I would also like to not have to shout at her or elbow my neighbor. I don't know how big an impact the Super Bowl will have on any of this. I realize these are a little vague as far as requirements go, but let's hear some of your favorites!

Thanks in advance for your help, foodies!

Jan 30, 2014
Yanks121482 in Manhattan

last minute help!

My brother is a die hard Ranger fan and his birthday was yesterday. I managed to score some prime tickets to the Ranger game today, and will be taking him, his wife, and lady friend of mine to the Garden. Afterwards, though, I have no idea what to do. I don't want anything crazy, because it can't be TOO late a night, as three out of the four of us have work on Friday. I would like to try to keep the night under $200/couple, obviously not including the game tickets and train/subway costs. His wife suggested McSorley's, but I'm not sure about that. Do they serve good food, or is it the usual pub fare? The girl that I am taking will have come straight to the game from work, and may want something a little more substantial that a Garden hot dog and a few beers. Any suggestions?

Apr 08, 2009
Yanks121482 in Manhattan

Dec 16th, "First Date".....I NEED HELP!!

I just wanted to come on here and thank all of you for your help. Besides the weather, the date could not have gone any better. We took an early train in, did a little Christmas shopping, saw all of the window displays, and headed uptown. We hung out in Times Square for a little bit (including a drink at the Marriott, which was very nice). Headed over to the tree, which was not crowded at all because of the dreary day. We kept heading uptown to do a little window shopping and hit FAO Schwarz. We jumped on the subway and headed back downtown and had dinner at L'Impero. I had the mezzalune di coniglio, which was unbelievable. She is a big fan of anything that has the word "pumpkin" in it, so she went with the tortelli, which was also very good, even though I had to convince her to give me a little taste. The Sformato dessert (hers, obviously) was also very good, and different. The only reason that I got a taste of that was because she said she'd burst if she ate any more. The atmosphere was beautiful, and the service was outstanding. Thank you again for all of your advice, and I definitely plan on taking her in to Manhattan again and hitting some of the other places that were suggested. Should we run into each other, I owe each and every one of you a drink. :-)

Dec 17, 2007
Yanks121482 in Manhattan

Dec 16th, "First Date".....I NEED HELP!!

bah. Or Vice Versa. Got a few good recs from friends in the area, but it see,s like it would be a little too packed/busy.

Dec 12, 2007
Yanks121482 in Manhattan

Dec 16th, "First Date".....I NEED HELP!!

Thank you all so much for your advice. You guys helped me avoid a potential mistake in Becco. I'm have it narrowed down to 3 places, hopefully I'll be able to get a table at one of them. I'm thinking L'Impero La Vagna, or I Coppi. Of the three, which do you like most, and why?

Dec 12, 2007
Yanks121482 in Manhattan

Dec 16th, "First Date".....I NEED HELP!!

haha......ok guys, here's the latest update. She decided on Italian, so there's the answer to that question. I did a little research, and came across Becco. Seems that everyone likes it. I'm assuming at least a few of you have been there. How was it? Any other suggestions? Thanks again for all your help.

Nov 30, 2007
Yanks121482 in Manhattan

Dec 16th, "First Date".....I NEED HELP!!

Just to clarify, you're talking about the View Lounge, correct? Have you eaten at the restaurant? If so, how is it? I've heard mixed reviews, and it's one of the places I was considering. Or should I just stick to the Lounge for drinks and head somewhere else for dinner?

Nov 30, 2007
Yanks121482 in Manhattan

Dec 16th, "First Date".....I NEED HELP!!

I've actually heard about that place before. Is it usually crowded? From what I understand, The View seems to attract quite a few people.

Nov 29, 2007
Yanks121482 in Manhattan

Dec 16th, "First Date".....I NEED HELP!!

Thanks for your help so far. As far as a budget goes, I'm hoping to keep it around $100-$120 total (including alcohol). But I wouldn't mind spending a little more than that if the food/service/atmosphere was right. As I said, I'm gonna try to get her to see some of the touristy things (the tree at Rockefeller Center, Empire State Building, Macy's/Bloomingdales/Saks/Lord and Taylor Window displays, maybe a walk in Central Park), so location is pretty open. Idia, unfortunately, she said she wasn't really into doing the museums, which I also happen to like ( :-\ ). Cuisine type is also pretty open. We both like sushi, Italian, and American. I'm a big fan of Thai food, stuff like that, but she's never really had it. I just want to make this memorable for her. Where have you guys been that's impressed you?

Nov 29, 2007
Yanks121482 in Manhattan

Dec 16th, "First Date".....I NEED HELP!!

I've been on countless boards and websites trying to find some really GOOD advice, and this one has been the best so far. So I'm turning to you guys for some help. I met my girlfriend through my best friends fiancee. We've haven't been together long, but we're crazy about each other. Any time we get to spend time together, my buddy and his fiancee are there. She lives in Florida, and has never been to Manhattan (I live on Long Island). So I'm taking her in on Dec. 16th (it's a Sunday), to see the Rockefeller Center tree and the window displays, stuff like that for our "first date" alone. I'm looking for suggestions for good places to eat, relatively inexpensive, and any other things to do. I'm thinking either Top Of The Rock or Empire State Building Observatory. Any suggestions as to one or the other? Any fun, kinda touristy things to do. Any help that you guys could give me would be appreciated. I really want it to be a memorable, romantic day.

Nov 29, 2007
Yanks121482 in Manhattan