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Restaurant suggestions in NYC?

Hi! Me and my husband are coming to New York in early august and are looking for restaurant suggestions. We are celebrating our 11tg anniversary on a Friday night and going out with some friends from Brooklyn on Saturday night, we'd like something nice but not overly touristy for Friday and more of a bar/laid back outing for Saturday night. It's our first time there and while we want to do some sightseeing we are more interested in experiencing what it would be like to be a true New Yorker! Thank you!

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Stephanie from New York City

Recently went to Fette Sau and it might be my favorite new restaurant! Great smoke house with beautiful decor. They also had a great drink list, even my dad was impressed with their bourbon! 

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answered by
Lauren from Edgewater

Not sure exactly where you're staying, but here are a few recommendations:

-Ayza Wine & Chocolate Bar (one location in Midtown and one in the West Village)

-Prune (East Village)

-Beauty & Essex (LES)

-LELABAR (West Village)

-Blue Ribbon Sushi (Washington Square Park)

Enjoy your anniversary!

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  2. Prune (restaurant)
  3. Beauty & Essex (restaurant)
  4. LELABAR (restaurant)
  5. Blue Ribbon Sushi (restaurant)
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answered by
Ellen from Dallas

I have a Pinterest page called New York Love where I just saved Pure Wow New York's latest "must visit" restaurants in NYC. They are all classic, fun and unique - plus easy on the budget. Do subscribe to Pure Wow (NYC version).

Another great online subscription is PopSugar (NYC version). Both Pure Wow and PopSugar publish daily tips for NYC that are totally Insider.

In August, it is so warm in the city that locals leave it in droves. That's why I appreciate August! You can get reservations at any place that's sold out all year long. Also, most have specials. You won't suffer long lines. So the benefits of the month are huge - if you can stay cool or take things slowly.

Check the date for the huge Italian holy day festival (celebrates a woman saint, I think) in Little Italy. There are lots of stands of food, tables outside the old faithful restaurants (like Angelo's of Mulberry Street and Ferrara Bakery & Cafe. It will be crowded because it's a neighborhood thing. You might want to just take it in and go back uptown for dinner because the streets are small and it gets so hot.

I am dying to go to the roof of the The Metropolitan Museum of Art for drinks. It's what everyone is buzzing about. Either Pure Wow or PopSugar published a list of the top roof places to go for drinks - Google or check it out. I just read it today.

Rockefeller Plazahas a really nice lunch, tea and cocktail shop set up on the ice rink during the warm months. It's a nice escape and oasis for locals and tourists who stumble upon it.

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  2. Angelo's of Mulberry Street (restaurant)
  3. Ferrara Bakery & Cafe (restaurant)
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  5. Rockefeller Plaza (attraction)
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answered by
Breanna from Los Angeles

As a new New Yorker, these are the places that are standing out as my faves:

Grand Banks - it's a old school wooden boat that's docked at the pier. They serve my boyfriend's favorite oysters (and he's a snob!) and it's the best place to watch the sunset in the city (in my opinion!). They don't take reservations so go early otherwise you'll have to wait. (A good anniversary spot if you ask me)

Ippudo is a lively ramen bar - veeeerrryyyy New York :) Not touristy, crowded but still laid back. If that's not your style, If that's not your style, Miss Lily's 7A Cafe is a great spot for a night out with friends (and prime people watching!).

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answered by
Jacey & Scott from Fort Collins

Hello Carrie!  Jacey and I have enjoyed Gallo Nero in Hell's Kitchen several times.  One of our favorite meals, and ideal for an anniversary dinner,  is Le Bernardin.  I can't say enough about what a fantastic experience and meal that was.  Get there a little early and order a Muscadet and some oysters at the bar.  Enjoy New York and Happy Anniversary!

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  2. Le Bernardin (restaurant)
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