I am taking the lead on building a late June Tuesday intinerary for 6 gals (30's/40's) to celebrate a birthday. Some are NYC people, some not anymore but all are very familiar with the city. We want to do a fun dinner -maybe on the lighter side such as tapas/small plates - followed by a rooftop for cocktails.
A few notes (Kathryn has trained me well!):
-Last time we went out we did Scarpetta followed by the Gansevoort which went over well.
-I already tried to make a rez at Casa Mono, but they are booked. My goal is to have a fun dinner vibe without the formality of sit down, several courses, etc. Would prefer a place with small plates with a bustling atmosphere. Don't want anything too dark. Going for more of a summery feel.
-My preference would be to stay below 34th Street. East or West is fine.
-The birthday girl must avoid spicy food, so any food rec must have options that avoid solely spicy cuisine.
-Everyone is gainfully employed, so we can go fairly high end on price. That said, the Gansevoort had some pricey cocktails. Would prefer nice atmosphere with a little more affordability if you have ideas.
-Would prefer the dinner and post-dinner venues to be close - even walking distance if possible.