(Closed) NYC Bees – Restaurant Advice

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Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

What kind of cuisine do you want and what neighborhood?

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

One of my FAVORITE places is a little restaurant in the East Village called The Redhead.

It’s on 13th St right near 1st Ave.

They do seasonal/local food and have the BEST fried chicken I’ve ever had. They also have bacon peanut brittle and an amazing Cesar salad w/ a fried egg on top.

They were featured in the NYT a few years ago as one of the really good restaurants for a date night were you could get a meal and drinks for under $100 total.

It’s one of Fiance and my favorite date spots.

 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Everything in Little Italy is great and not too expensive. You can walk down the street and look at all of their menus and make a decision.  

 

 

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

We love Shula’s steakhouse, however depending on drinks and stuff it could go over $100. That;s in times square in the basement of the Westin Hotel. Centro Vinoteca is delish too. This is in little Italy.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

Well normally  when I’m trying to stay under $100 I go for Mexican. Rosa Mexicana is a chain with locations in Union Square, the West Village, Lincoln Center and the UES, very cool decor and great food. La Palapa has two locations, the one in the East Village is actually a BYO, both are fun. I’ve also recently been to Havana Alma de Cuba in the west village which was very inexpensive, very small space though, but they have live music on the weekends. In my hood there’s Calle Ocho, I’ve been several times and actually going there for brunch on Sunday with some girlfriends. They have excellent Ceviche and great entrees, also very cool decor and nice space.

Let me know if you narrow it down any further as far as cuisine and neighborhood, going out to eat is actually my primary hobby so I am like an encyclopedia 🙂

Also, check menpages.com, you can sort by neighborhood, cuisine, atmosphere, even actual meals (my friend once wanted surf and turf so we were able to sorty by restaurants that had surf & turf on the menu).

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

My #1 favorite restaurant in the city is Morimoto. It will cost you more than $100 most likely (assuming you are going to have alcoholic beverages), so I only go on special occasions.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@moderndaisy: Morimoto is my favorite too. mmm I want to go right now 🙂

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@moderndaisy: I love Rosa Mexicana. Never been to Morimoto, I’ll have to try it.

If you like sushi, SushiSamba is very good and has a few locations. It’s Japanese/Brazilian fusion food. It  will probably bump you over $100 total with drinks though. But I think they might do their $35pp restaurant week menu year round.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@KatNYC2011: we went to the redhead last new years eve–yum!!

since @moderndaisy mentioned mexican, my favorite mexican place by far is cafe frida–there are 2 locations on the UWS–one at amsterdam in the 70s, and one at 98th and amsterdam.

otto enoteca is mario battali’s pizza restaurant, so it’s less expensive than his other restaurants but super delicious. it’s near washington square park. other italian places i love that aren’t too expensive are po, in the west village, and vai, which is uws. kefi is also on the uws and is greek, and delicious too…

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@finnaroo: I can’t wait for Fiance to get back in town so we can go again. We only live a few blocks away from the Redhead so it’s really our local neighborhood place.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Here are a few of my faves for good food and good ambiance, I wanted to pick places that were very “NYC”:

* La Bottega – in the MeatPacking District. This is a super trendy neighborhood and the restaurant is amazing. It’s really reasonable, and the food is so so good. After dinner you can get a drink at the beautiful Gansvoort Hotel. This would be my pick if you want a very NYC experience.

* Stanton Social – in the Lower East Side (LES). Great for small plates, you get to try a bunch of different stuff. Also really trendy.

* Locanda Verde – Tribeca, DELISH, nominated for a James Beard Award this year

* River Cafe – Brooklyn, on the water front – an amazing view. This might be a dressier place then jeans, I’m not sure.

* Dos Caminos (a few locations – SoHo, Midtown, MeatPacking) upscale mexican food, really good margaritas.

 

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Fig & Olive is also very good and has a few locations, one of which is right by the Gansvoort in MeatPacking. Good small plates and delicious drinks.

I also really like Pipa (a tapas restaurant near union square) the whole interior is decorated with chandeliers and mirrors. Very cool.

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

@KatNYC2011: ah! you stole both my suggestions 😉

Pipa is yummy and the decor is cool, you could theoretically buy a chandelier while dining

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