A group of friends and I visit NYC annually for a week during the US Open -- our first night in town is a Friday, and we always plan a cocktails & dinner night, and have tended to visit old favorites like Asia de Cuba, Nobu, Pastis, and Blue Water Grill. This year, we'd love to update our list and try some new places since we're somewhat tired of the old favorites. We're staying in midtown, but as you can tell from our old list, are fine with grabbing a cab somewhere for the right spot. We're all in our mid-30's and appreciate a good cocktail list or good wines by the glass, with a somewhat energetic atmosphere rather than a quiet meal. Only caveat is no steakhouses. Any suggestions?
Some of the options that have been tossed around by the group are Scarpetta, Monkey Bar, Stanton Social and Gotham Bar & Grill, among others, so comments on those are welcome as well!
99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002
105 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013
Asia de Cuba
237 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016
Blue Water Grill
31 Union Square West, New York, NY 10003
355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014