Saturday, January 12, 2013

Off-Topic: restaurant finder

Indulge me for a minute while I go off-topic for the typical LOVE OF INTERIORS post.  Next weekend I'm turning 30 (...still can't say it out loud...)  To make the blow a little softer a few of my GFFs are flying in for a girl's weekend in the city (NYC that is, in case you can't keep up with our moves).  Planning things is always right up my alley, tho this one has me a bit consumed.  I want to plan and not plan all at the same time.  Part of the fun in any big city is going with the flow and seeing where life takes you.  However, there are a few things that HAVE to be planned.  One is hotel and two is a Saturday night dinner reservation (based around where you want to go out afterwards).  New York City has a PLETHORA of dining options.  Many great and many not-so-great.

There are two websites I have been consulting.  They are up with the scene, and give amazingly honest reviews.

1. Refinery 29.  Blog and website.  I follow on a regular basis, but you can also search the database.  It has different versions for various big cities (LA, NYC, SF, CHI, DC).  Love to consult this for fashion, hotels, hot-spots, happenings, anything culture.

2. Immaculate Infatuation.  Pure restaurant finer.  Has a GREAT 'search engine'. You pick what type of 'going out' you are looking for (i.e., girls night out, Action at the Bar, Neighborhood Hang, etc...) then what neighborhood you want to be in, and lastly what museum/club/etc you want to be near.  Pretty concise.  They seem to have the random out-of-NY restaurant recommendation, but mostly for New Yorkers.

So, there ya go.  I still have some planning to do but glad to have some extra inside help.  I'll keep you posted on where we end up!

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