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alsky | | Dec 1, 2009 06:36 PM

Hi NYC Chowhounds,
We are coming to NYC for our annual weekend get away (staying in midtown) from Norfolk, VA. We would like to find bars/restaurants to have drinks and appetizers (small plates, tapas, nothing too heavy). We love to sit at great bars...looking for contemporary american cuisine, french, or italian. We are in our mid-30's and enjoy cool, fun urban scenes...we've really gotten into a habit of sitting at our local bar having a few drinks and nibbling on appetizers. I drink wine and SO drinks bourbon/whiskey.

In the past we have dined at some of the city's great restaurants (Daniel, Jean Georges, Le Cirque, etc.). I don't know if we can spend that kind of money this year but I love the ambience of these restaurants so I was wondering if any of them have "less formal" areas/rooms where we could have appetizers and drinks? Whereas we've spent almost a thousand dollars on a meal on JG in the past, we'd like to spend <$350 on our biggest meal this year.

I also love big city bakeries--I've learned you can get such better baked goodies in big cities than where we live (cupcakes, etc.) so would love recs on that as well!

Any advice would be much appreciated! So excited to visit again! Thanks!

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