Weekend Plans: Eat This, Wear That

We all have our local eating routines. And, by local we mean within the five-block radius of our apartments. Or worse, we just order Seamless and never even leave our apartments. But, now that the temps are creeping up (wishful thinking?), it's time we venture out to eat. So, we're bringing you three new dinner destinations and a new brunch option to try this weekend. The delectable menus and cute surroundings can only be outdone by the outfits we've assembled to go with them. Yes, we've put together an ensemble for each #eeeeats, so you don't have to do much thinking this weekend, freeing up valuable time for sleeping in.
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The Writing Room
The comfort food at The Writing Room is sophisticated but not stuffy, hearty but not overwhelmingly so. This is the kind of place you can rely on for warm rolls, soft butter, and strong drinks. Not to mention a reasonably priced lobster boil, fried chicken, and a bibb lettuce salad you've got to try. Dress up basics like jeans, a sweater, and booties with a statement necklace and jacket. Just make sure the jeans have enough stretch to leave room for the funnel cake you'll want to order for dessert.

The Writing Room, 1703 2nd Avenue (at 88th Street); 212-335-0075.
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The Monarch Room
If you're in the Meatpacking District around dinnertime, chances are you're wearing heels. And, they're worth the trouble if you're eating at The Monarch Room. The new cavernous dining hall at the heart of the 'hood is perfect for large groups of diners for after-work eats or girls' night out. Try the oysters, come back for the sea bass, stay for the cocktails, before heading out for a night in the neighborhood.

The Monarch Room, 408 West 15th Street (at 9th Avenue); 646-790-7070.
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Top Of The Standard
You may have heard of this little quaint spot. You know, it's The Boom Boom Room and all. But, you've never really seen it quite like this. For the first time ever, the Top Of The Standard is offering brunch service, and we wouldn't be overselling it if we said it's simply heavenly. Think of eating quail egg and scallop Benedict or foie gras french toast on leather couches with a view of the water. It's luxurious, but absolutely worth the splurge. Match the fancy morning with an outfit that's a bit dressy but not forced. A printed frock, feminine earrings, and riding boots should do the trick.

Top Of The Standard at The Standard Hotel, 848 Washington Street (at West 13th Street); 212-645-4646.
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From one side of Manhattan to the other, the Standard Hotels are revamping their edible offerings. At Narcissa, the Standard East's answer to the Standard Grill, a newly designed dining area is a suitable backdrop for date night or — whatever. The seasonal, local, California-inspired cuisine is divine — we recommend the baby chicken or the whole rotisserie branzino. Sport a look that's a little East Village, a little slick, and easy to take from dinner to out on the town.

Narcissa, 21 Cooper Square (at 5th Street and Bowery); 212-228-3344.