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Hot Places with good food for mid-30's singles -- my round-up -- any to add?

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Hot Places with good food for mid-30's singles -- my round-up -- any to add?

Cam Z | Jul 20, 2005 05:41 PM

A hot, sexy, mingling scene is most important! With a smartish crowd of our age group.

Secondly, food should be well above average/ very tasty.

Any cuisine, any Manhattan location.

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Regular spots and other places we have visited:

Balthazar -- fun, good seafood platter, signature salad, short ribs, much more; current fave place but always eager for new places

La Bottega -- bit touristy/ faux-hip scene; steak and apps were fine; great outdoor space

Pastis -- not enough mingling; too crowded and bright inside

Babbo -- great food; not enough singles for our group

Tao -- cheesy, food not great

Spice Market -- not much of a mingling scene

Vento -- fun; great outdoor patio; Level V downstairs can be touristy, faux-hip like much of the Meatpacking District, including Hotel Gansevoort

The Hudson -- so-so scene; food slightly above average

Irving Place -- several places were too young; Casa Mono/ Bar Jamon have great food, but so tiny and cramped with no mingling

Schiller's Liquor Bar -- fun, mingling, diverse crowd; good, basic menu, but so bright inside!

Ben Benson's -- good food, always busy, though most are on business dinners

W Lex and W Union Square -- prefer Union Square, as more business people in 30's; but do not care for the restaurant there!

Four Seasons Hotel -- bit too obvious of a pick-up scene! But good apps and always bustling

Four Seasons Restaurant -- good scene, great food

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Soon to try Pravda, Public, Butter, Bar Americain, Geisha...... and SOHO House, Bungalow 8, and Frederick's on 58th (can we get into these? Hear they are members only.)

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Any other suggestions?

Thank you!!

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