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I'm coming to NY in November and have a few questions for you locals.

1. Does anyone know the name of a japanese-owned hotel opposite the Plaza? The Mrs said she saw one last time we were there that looked quite nice.

2. What is the celeb restaurant du jour? EG In LA it's supposed to be Spagos (and we did see megastar Kelly Osbourne there) and in London it's the Ivy. What's NY's equivalent?

Thanks in advance for your help.


Wednesday, September 3, 2003

Not sure about celeb restaurants, but one of the best restaurants period is in NYC, and if you recognize the super-wealthy blue bloods of Manhattan you'd be able to do some "star" watching. It's called Daniel. Although I am far from super-rich, I am a foodie so I did eat there once, and it was the best dining experience I've ever had in my life (my girlfriend concurred), but also the most expensive. I've never left a restaurant after a 3 plus hour meal where I felt energized, not full, and completely satisfied... until I got my Visa bill!!! But if you are going to blow money at a ridiculously priced restaurant, why not eat at a good restaurant and not just a trendy one?

John Perkins
Wednesday, September 3, 2003

Thanks, Daniels looks good! We're there for four nights, so I think that's definitely going on the list. Shame I have to wear a jacket and tie though.

Wednesday, September 3, 2003

I second the Daniel recommendation - my boyfriend took me there for my birthday this year and we also had the best meals of our lives.

Thursday, September 4, 2003

My co workers used to rave about that place.
Thursday, September 4, 2003

Thanks. And we found out what the hotel was - the Drake Swissotel . Our memory was playing tricks on us.

Friday, September 5, 2003

Can't remember it's name but there's an amazing raw food vegetarian restaurant on the upper west side on Amsterdam Ave. somewhere around 81st Street.  Some of the best food I have ever had!

NY Tourist
Saturday, September 6, 2003

There are some quite good and much more reasonably priced restaraunts in Brooklyn.  The two main restaraunt areas of Brooklyn are Smith Street, between the Bergen and Carroll street F stations, and in Williamsburg around the Bedford L station.  I live near Smith street, so I'm biased towards that area.  My current local favorite is Latin Grill, Corner of Court and Kane, one block west of Smith Street. 

I find Brooklyn funner, livelier, and friendlier than Manhattan, which is too targeted to tourists and the rich.  Brooklyn Height's Montegue street and Park Slope's 5th and 7th avenues are other charming strips of shops and restaraunts.  They are also beautiful brownstone neighborhoods, a scene all but vanquished from Manhattan.

Keith Wright
Monday, September 8, 2003

and williamsburg... bedford avenue in the single digit north streets - north 1 to north 10 or so... and surrounding areas.
Tuesday, September 9, 2003

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