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Bone-In Filet Mignon Au Poivre at Bowery Meat Company via unbuttoningpants.com

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Bowery Meat Company – The New Meating Place

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  • scene: A downtown, trendy mix of business men, thirty-something women, and "hip" parents; I can foresee some bridge and tunnel on the weekends, but all around great vibe
  • sip: Decent cocktail list, but we prefer our meat with a dirty martini or glass of red
  • savor: Deviled Eggs, Spaghetti Aglio e Oilo, Bowery Steak, Cheeseburger
  • sit: Try to snag a cushy booth along the side of the room, or banquettes in back as they are defintely sexier than the tables in the middle of the hustle and bustle
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 9 East 1st Street, right off Bowery
  • phone number: (212) 460-5255
  • website: http://www.bowerymeatcompany.com/
Alder NYC

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Alder- Alder- CaDaBra!

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: Minimal and downtown, Alder is intrinsically cool without any special effort
  • sip: Fancy cocktails, some of which have umbrellas; wine, beer, etc
  • savor: Pigs in a blanket; shrimps on shrimp; I imagine the rye pasta with pastrami
  • sit: Definitely a place to chat with a friend and casually nibble and discuss how good the food is in between catching up
  • spend: $$
  • address: 157 Second Avenue
  • phone number: (212) 539-1900
  • website: www.aldernyc.com
Marta NYC

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Marta- First Lady

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: NoMad professionals against a backdrop of soaring white, with some wood details
  • sip: Whatever goes well with pizza (ps all the espressos are doubles)
  • savor: Pasta meatballs; pizza pizza pizza
  • sit: With your friend or date at the counter if you can; business lunch, inlaws, anyone who eats carbs
  • spend: $$
  • address: 29 East 29th Street (Martha Washington Hotel)
  • phone number: (212) 689-1900
  • website: www.martamanhattan.com

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Root & Bone- South, Meet Mouth

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: Southern Charm meets Alphabet City; just cooly hip, not hipster
  • sip: Bourbon baby, this is Southern food; full list of cocktails and wines as well
  • savor: Fried chicken; biscuits; mac and cheese
  • sit: On a double date; with a fried chicken fiend
  • spend: $$
  • address: 200 East 3rd Street
  • phone number: (646) 682-7080
  • website: www.rootnbone.com
Barchetta NYC

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Barchetta- More Like Barchett-ehhhhhh

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: A little nautical, with white walls and light wood and leather; fun 70's and 60's soul playing...
  • sip: Anything! Specialty cocktails and wine, etc...
  • savor: Kingfish
  • sit: Hmmmm...friends from the neighborhood, date night, with a friend who likes to try the newest hottest places
  • spend: $$
  • address: 461 West 23rd Street
  • phone number: (212) 255-7400
  • website: www.barchettanyc.com
Gato NYC Bobby Flay

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Gato- Almost Purrrrr-fect

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: Industrial brick and wood, with warm, cool light fixtures of various materials and heights
  • sip: Specialty cocktails and full wine, you know the drill
  • savor: Octopus; potatoes with egg; tarte tartin
  • sit: Actually a pretty good date spot, if you are both into food; great for groups to share a lot of small plates, good spot for a chat fest with a friend
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 324 Lafayette Street
  • phone number: (212) 334-6400
  • website: www.gatonyc.com

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Ristorante Morini- White Makes Right

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: Nips and tucked in shirts on the ground floor; slightly younger crowd upstairs, but this is an adult place with the air of a special occasion
  • sip: Whimsical list of cocktails; wine
  • savor: Duck pasta; sea urchin pasta; ragu pasta; ANYTHING
  • sit: With your parents or beau's parents; with another couple; with expense accounters, or friends from out of town
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: 1167 Madison Avenue
  • phone number: (212) 249-0444
  • website: www.ristorantemorini.com

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American Cut – A Cut Above

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: Dark and sexy, packed bar and dining room with TriBeCa's best dressed
  • sip: A creative cocktail menu (inclusive of an Espresso Martini, watch out), along with extensive wine list with some great reds to compliment red meat
  • savor: The Everything Bagel Biscuits, Chili Lobster, Cesar Salad, Filet, Twice Baked Potatoes with Chedder and Truffle
  • sit: In a cushy banquette for girls night, guys night, or double date night
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 363 Greenwich Street
  • phone number: (212) 226-4736
  • website: www.americancutsteakhouse.com
Kingside NYC

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Kingside- Not a Joker

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: Midtown mish-mosh of after-workers, meet for drinkers and out of towners; front room for drinks and bites is always pretty packed, back rooms have warmer, bistro-like feel
  • sip: speciality cocktails, wines, anything
  • savor: crispy artichokes; grilled casear; take your shot
  • sit: For a business dinner; for a catch up with a friend who lives in another part of town; with people visiting and staying in midtown
  • spend: $$
  • address: 124 West 57th Street (between 6th and 7th, in the Viceroy, but separate entrance)
  • phone number: (212) 707-8000
  • website: www.kingside-restaurant.com
Allonda nyc

All’onda Our Expectations

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: Well dressed groups of youngish people with good hearing
  • sip: Lambrusco was quite lovely
  • savor: Um....
  • sit: With anyone who enjoys a good laugh and can tolerate shitty service; people who can hear well and don't mind shouting
  • spend: $$
  • address: 22 East 13th Street
  • phone number: (212) 231-2236
  • website: www.allondanyc.com