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NYC Girls' Trip (Mid-May)

attran99 | Mar 2, 201511:55 AM

My cousins and I are headed into town for the NYU commencement ceremonies mid-May. It’s our annual girls’ trip (i.e. no husbands, no kids, etc.), so it’s our turn to have some fun. We’re staying at the Waldorf, and I think it’s been decided that most breakfasts and lunches will be on-the-go meals that will allow us more time to explore the city as tourists. I’ve been stalking the board for the last few weeks to build up a list of places to dine and drink at while we visit. Looking for things that are uniquely and traditionally NYC. Please feel free to critique the list below or recommend additional places for consideration. I’m trying to get all of this done early, so I can just book reservations when they open up and beat all the other folks coming into town for the same reason.
Items to be aware of:
-We’re from LA, and are pretty adventurous eaters. On occasion, two of my cousin’s aunts and their sons (both over 21) will be tagging along with us and they will likely not be as open to all cuisines as they’ll likely want to go Asian. I’ve only read the board for non-Asian options. Please no suggestions for Mexican and Korean options as LA is laden with amazing options for those.
-We’ll be in town for about a week, so let’s keep dinners to about $50/person (-/+ $20) don’t want to break the bank.
-One of my cousins is all about trendy, cool vibes. Plus points for beautiful architecture/design so she can go nuts taking pictures. Have to compromise with her there, even though the remaining two of us just want to eat delicious things.
-One of the commencement ceremonies will be at MSG, ending around 1PM. Would love some fun, family lunch ideas. I know that Keen’s Pubroom and The Breslin are nearby as is Koreatown. What other ideas would you suggest?

This is what I’ve compiled already based on what I’ve seen on the board.

Dinners:
Momofuku Noodle Bar/Ssam (Fried chicken and roast duck)
Alder
Barbuto
The Spotted Pig
Gato
Babbo
Betony
NoMad
Narcissa
Estela
Pearl & Ash

Bars/Nightlife (we’re looking for bars/lounges with a nice nightlife, but no clubs…we’ve lived that life already):
PDT
The Modern
NoMad
Flatiron Lounge
Death & Co.
Pegu Club
The Dead Rabbit
Experimental Cocktail Club
Raines Law Room

The Breslin,
Momofuku Noodle Bar,
Momofuku Ssäm Bar,
Barbuto,
The Spotted Pig,
GATO,
Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca,
The Modern,
Flatiron Lounge,
The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog,
The Raines Law Room at The William,
Raines Law Room,
Momofuku Ko
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