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Rooftop bars with a tasteful crowd

Thanks everyone! Some of the places mentioned here I had heard of but forgotten about, like Rare and Top of the Tower. My roommate really likes The Delancey and is strongly recommending it as a place the birthday girl would love. But thanks to all of you, I have some great places to check out over the summer...

Jun 09, 2009
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Rooftop bars with a tasteful crowd

In a perfect world, there would exist a rooftop terrace with modestly priced drinks, a stunning view and a happy hour clientele devoid of business-card-wielding power drinkers speaking at high volumes. I understand we do not live in this perfect world, but am asking you fellow chowhounders for places you know that may come near to what my friend has requested for her pre-birthday dinner cocktail hour.

A few places sprung to mind, usual suspects like 230 Fifth, Plunge and Bar 13. But I am sure there are some gems out there that I don't know about that meet some of her criteria. So let the fun begin...

Jun 08, 2009
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Best Wine Bar

Riposo 46 on 9th ave. and 46th street is a fun, casual, cozy place to get some good vino and good food. Menu is limited, but small dishes are tasty and well executed. Its a an intimate space with a relaxed and approachable staff... brick walls, candles, only about four tables and the bar. I live in the neighborhood and find myself there often...

Oct 29, 2007
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Outdoor burger in Hell's Kitchen?

I would give props to Marseille as well... I go there routinely for just their burgers. Comes with garlic aioli and crispy fries, always cooked perfectly. Good service, great outdoor seating. Mr. Biggs is terrible - I've given them a number of opportunities and I've been disappointed after every one. It's cheap, but always overcooked. I will happily pay 12$ for a fantastic med-rare burger. HK turns out a great burger as well, and have a terrific patio.

Jul 28, 2007
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Sexy atmosphere w/outdoor seating and killer wine list

Great suggestions! All of you! I love i Trulli and it had totally escaped my attention...Otto, Malatesta, both awesome. I think Public and Barbuto are the frontrunners so far, and I love The Room for drinks.. I head there with friends a lot and I think my date would dig it. You all nailed places that I asked for and that would be perfect. Which is why I continue to adore this website....

Jul 23, 2007
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Sexy atmosphere w/outdoor seating and killer wine list

Meeting up with an old friend/ex-boyfriend after six years and want a place with style and atmosphere that serves decent food and great wine. I don't want it to be too romantic... I am aiming for flirty/cheeky, so higher noise and energy levels are okay. If I can't find one place that offers all that, I'm happy to do drinks and wine in one place, to be followed by dinner somewhere else. Any neighborhood works, but I want to keep it in Manhattan. He works in the restaurant industry, and we may soon become colleagues. I am new to the city and have been given the task of choosing meeting place and would love to pleasantly surprise him with my choice. Help me all you fantastic chowhounds! A few places I've been tossing around so far...

Nero (drinks, maybe food)
Barolo (for the patio and vino)
Cafe Habana
Lovely Day (casual and tasty)
Bar Pitti
5 Ninth
Kittichai
Stanton Social (cocktails)
Death & Co. (after dinner)

Random, but haven't had much time to research my task. Thanks for any and all suggestions...I can't wait!

Jul 21, 2007
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Midtown burgers for gang of 15 year old girls

Island Burger on 9th ave between 50th and 51st (?)... small, and cash only, but cute with a surfer/isalnd motif and a long list of burgers. Even more importantly, it's all delicious.

Jul 21, 2007
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Ideas needed for one week culinary crawl of NYC

I am a young chef living in Midtown who has been practically married to my job since I moved here in October. I know of many good restaurants, but haven't had time to find some great places that are off the beaten path. I am familiar with a lot of the 'usual suspects' when it comes to the sure-bet, highly-recommended restaurants of the city. My fiancee is coming to the city for six days, and while we both love high energy, crowded, trendy hotspots, we are more interested in cozy, relaxed atmospheres with great food for the week he is here. Plus, we will be eating out for nearly every meal.... so bring on whatever you've got for breakfast, lunch and dinner! He is a professional boxer who has been fasting to make his weight requirement for his fight this weekend, so come Monday, we are looking to ingest the maximum amount of calories for six days running.....Thanks for your help, Chowhounds, and I look forward to whatever you can give me!

P.S. Mega points go to places with outdoor seating or gardens, especially with this weather!

Apr 24, 2007
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Brunch: Prune? Schillers? Jane?

Haven't had a bloody there, but I love brunch at Freemans. The wait can be long, but I think the food and atmosphere make it worth it. Rivington bet. Bowery and Chrystie.

Mar 15, 2007
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Where to find scungilli?

I am almost positive I saw it on the menu at Pietra Santa on 9th avenue (47th? 48th?). I didn't order it, but remember thinking how long it had been since I'd last eaten it.

Mar 15, 2007
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Healthy H. Kitchen lunch, w/cozy and relaxed atmosphere

I just moved to 46th and 9th, and I like a lot of restaurants for dinner. Haven't scouted much for lunch, but am looking for a place to eat at on a regular basis....something as a solid go-to when I'm hungry and don't want to make a trek. Grazie!

Mar 15, 2007
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Weekday Breakfast or Lunch at Balthazar

I would steer towards Balthazar for lunch. Their breakfast and brunch are both terrific (I'm there nearly every other Sunday) but I love spending lunches there. They have lovely wines by the glass/carafe, and I like the energy better around lunch time. But as the others have posted, reservations are a good idea.

Mar 12, 2007
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Vino/Cocktails in Midtown West/Hell's Kitchen

Looking to have some drinks with a friend/colleague, and we are both staying in the west 40s. Trying to avoid Theatre District cheesiness. Preferably somewhere tasteful and elegant, but not noisy, trendy, distracting. We are both chefs and love great vino and imaginative cocktails...

Mar 12, 2007
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