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Suggestions for a 16 yr old and her friends in Manhattan - not a chain

Fellow chowhounds, thanks so much for your input, opinions and trusted suggestions. I love the site and sense of community everyone helps to create. After mulling over the decision with the daughter and checking out websites, other sources, etc., we're going for Stanton Social - the place looks way cool (nice techno beat on the website) and the small plates should be perfect. Afterwards, we can walk in the village, schmay around, and the girls will likely converge on our place and consume mass quantities of pizza around midnight!

Jan 24, 2010
sper007 in Manhattan

Suggestions for a 16 yr old and her friends in Manhattan - not a chain

I hoping someone will have a suggestion either for lunch or early dinner in midtown (preferred) or downtown for a group of 5 teens and 2 parents on a weekend. Taking our daughter and some friends to ice skate (either at Wollman or Rockefeller) and then onto a meal (order could be reversed).... It's my daughter's 16th b-day so she's looking for something a little different - no chains please. Something bohemian or artsy would be cool. Thanks fellow hounders for any ideas. I was thinking of Shopsins down at Essex for lunch but he is quirky and doesn't seat parties greater than 4. Serendipity 3 is a backup.

Jan 12, 2010
sper007 in Manhattan

Any new info on Tre Scalini?

Love Tre Scalini. We ate at their relocated E Passyunk location last Saturday and had a great meal. Much nicer digs, food still as good. Also had a nice arugula and fennel salad, very nice zippy mussels as appys. The squid pasta is still there and still yummy. I love their pappardelle with mushrooms. We split an order among four between appys and entree, For entrees, bronzino, veal chop, veal and lamb-- great flavors, nice portions, no disappointments among the four of us. Love the BYOB.

Still trying to get a reservation for L'Angolo but it looks like you need more than 1 week advance notice to secure a Saturday night unless you want 5 or 9:30 seatings, and we never seem to plan that far...Anyone been there recently to give some review?

May 11, 2007
sper007 in Pennsylvania

Tre Scalini - Expanding??

Tre Scalini is moving from 1533 S 11th to the space formerly occupied by Trattoria Lucca at 1915 E Passyunk. It should happen late January 2007; last night at the old address is Saturday, January 20. Never got to Lucca; sad it didn't make it.

Jan 18, 2007
sper007 in Pennsylvania

Luxia or Ciro Trattoria for post theatre supper

We opted for Luxia last night for our post theatre sup. Not too many diners at 9:45 on a Sunday and we were seated in their nicely air conditioned back room, as opposed to their garden which was a lovely setting but simply too hot and humid to enjoy a late night of dining. A bit concerned that the first basket of bread brought out was not so fresh and we weren't sure if it was a harbinger of chow-trouble, however it was replaced and chowed down wish a dish of two nicely flavored spreads were provided gratis--one a nicely flavored white bean spread and the other with fresh basil. Bread was assorted, with a "should have been" crispy crusted italian--you know, the one with the light lacy dough inside with air holes that form when baking (usually a favorite when served warm with a crispy crust and slightly chewy but giving center), a multi-grain and a ciabatta. Starters were mixed: the grilled octopus salad, complimented with white beans and greens in a radicchio leaf ($12) were yummy although the flavoring was a tad salty. Do not order the crab cake appy ($12)--my fellow diner was lured by the corn flake crust but it was a disappointing choice, with two cakes having a fish cake consistency and no discernible chunks of crab--Luxia is just not the place for that. The antipasto misti ($13) was nicely portioned with the requisite meats, cheeses, asparagus, roasted peppers, olives and was quickly chowed down, as was a mixed salad with baby arugula ($9) lightly dressed with balsamic and olive oil. For entrees two of us had the grass fed filet ($30) and two had the rosemary lamb loin ($30). All were cooked as requested, very nice cuts of meat, and served with mashed potatoes flavored with truffle oil and a side of very good spinach. A reasonable and relatively inexpensive wine list and many served by the glass. We decided to forego dessert at Luxia and ended up at the Junior's over by Schubert Alley on 45th (across from Spamalot) and got an assortment of cheesecake slices--the carrot cake cheesecake and the devils choice (half cheesecake and half a rich chociolate cake) were memorable--so much for a light way to end the night. All in all, not a bad place that was geographically desirable to the theatres. Happy chowing.

Aug 07, 2006
sper007 in Manhattan

Loved Via Matta

Four of us had a wonderful meal on Friday at Via Matta. Great food and low key service with no presumptuous attitude. Salads were perfectly (not over)dressed and the octopus was especialy yummy, while the shaved mushroom salad was perfect with the earthy mushroom aromas playing off the lemon scented dressing and fine truffle oil and grana. Next time we'll try the crunchy eggplant. The paglia and fieno pasta was chowed heavily as was their version of cioppino, they call it Cacciucco of East Coast Shellfish. Chock full of shellfish and quite zippy. One of us had a baby grilled lamb, different from the typical lambchops we're used to seeing--more like an osso buco cut if that even makes sense, but grilled to perfection. The home made almond cannolis with ricotta and chocolate oranges were so good and not heavy like the north end versions can be, and a generous portion of 3; two of us who did not order desserts wer offered a taste of a delightful strawberry gelati that was wonderful! Wine by the glass made sense for us with the vaired meals, we had a great time and ended up at $100 plus tip per couple. Very good meal, excellent service, strongly recommended!
http://www.viamattarestaurant.com

Aug 01, 2006
sper007 in Greater Boston Area

Luxia or Ciro Trattoria for post theatre supper

Planning a post theatre dinner on Sunday and came across these two "geographically desirable" options around 48-49th and 8th. Italian is preferred although we're hoping to stay on the not-so-heavy selections as it is an after theatre meal. Anyone have a preference or warning on either of these two choices? I'm leaning towards Luxia, sound good? Ciao, chows.

Aug 01, 2006
sper007 in Manhattan