What we're about

This group is geared towards younger (20s and 30s) individuals who are looking to experience new cuisines, visit new restaurants, share in interesting conversations and make new friends.

Meals range anywhere from $20 to $300 and run the gamut from casual to fine dining. You are only responsible for payment of the food and drinks you actually order. The host will check the bill for accuracy, and calculate each person’s share at the end of the meal.

Typically, we have 1-2 meals per week. We strive to cover an eclectic menu at variegated venues, from old school classics to new hot picks. Food suggestions and requests are encouraged. Depending on the restaurant and unanimous agreement, we will dine family style to try as many dishes as possible.

Meals are deliberately kept small at 4-6 people in size to foster a sense of community and enable bonding. New members are required to confirm in writing their RSVP in order to prevent no shows.

This is a not-for-profit meetup group. Donations will be requested twice a year by the organizer to cover the biannual fees that Meetup.com charges groups to operate on their platform.

We look forward to meeting everybody and exploring the amazing NYC food scene together! Thanks for joining! :-D

Upcoming events (5+)

Joseph's Restaurant - Italian

Joseph's Restaurant

All RSVPs to wait list, will move those attending over Monday. Place: Joseph's Restaurant Cuisine: Italian Location: Financial District Zagat user review: I've eaten at few restaurants in New York, but this is probably my favorite. Reasonably priced. Fantastic atmosphere. Incredible staff. Its very intimate and the food is tremendous. Their special of veal must be tried to be believed and their tiramisu must be the best I've ever had. https://www.josephsnyc.com/menus#dinner RSVPs: Please do not RSVP No. You only need to RSVP if you want to come to the event. Please don't RSVP unless you are sure you can go. I notice the people who RSVP and then cancel, which is not fair to everyone else. I reserve the right to give priority to people who don't do this in the future. I'm not trying to be mean but it makes it much harder for me when people take spots and then cancel either quickly or last minute. Obviously more notice is better, but please try to only sign up (for waitlist as well) if you know you can come. Note that if you habitually cancel you will be removed from the group. Even if the meetup is full, please put your name on the waitlist. I will let you know if a spot becomes available. Also, if there are a lot of people on the waitlist, it lets me know which kind of restaurants are popular so that I may schedule more of those in the future. Please note that meetup events are strictly for members. No +1s are allowed as reservations are made in advance and spots are assigned. First time members must confirm in writing that they will attend. Individuals that are no shows are immediately banned from the group. Additionally, those who do not respond to messages will be removed from the group. Lastly, please be aware that there is the potential for an event to be outright canceled or rescheduled last minute when low enrollment falls to 1-2 due to last minute cancellations or non-enrollment. It is the responsibility of the diner to check their messages, (I message individuals in this instance), and the event page to make sure the event is running. Thanks.

Sofreh-Persian (NY Times Critics Pick)

All RSVPs to wait list, will move those attending over Saturday. Additional note: This meetup was rescheduled from early December. Members marked as attending for that event will be given priority if they sign up for this one. Wait list is longer to give them time to see the event Place: Sofreh Cuisine: Persian (Iranian) Location: Prospect Heights- Brooklyn Glowing review from Pete Wells of the NY Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/11/dining/sofreh-review.html About: Dishes overflowing with traditional Persian flavors (read: rosewater, pistachio, mint oil, golden raisins, saffron, Persian cucumber, and more) and presenting them in a modern way in an equally modern setting (think white, everywhere). Come for the lamb shank served in a turmeric broth with fava beans or the honey-roasted beets drizzled with arbequina olive oil and a dusting of pistachios. And expect Alikhani or her husband to drop by your table at some point to ask how you’re enjoying the meal Website: http://www.sofrehnyc.com/ RSVPs: Please do not RSVP No. You only need to RSVP if you want to come to the event. Please don't RSVP unless you are sure you can go. I notice the people who RSVP and then cancel, which is not fair to everyone else. I reserve the right to give priority to people who don't do this in the future. I'm not trying to be mean but it makes it much harder for me when people take spots and then cancel either quickly or last minute. Obviously more notice is better, but please try to only sign up (for waitlist as well) if you know you can come. Note that if you habitually cancel you will be removed from the group. Even if the meetup is full, please put your name on the waitlist. I will let you know if a spot becomes available. Also, if there are a lot of people on the waitlist, it lets me know which kind of restaurants are popular so that I may schedule more of those in the future. Please note that meetup events are strictly for members. No +1s are allowed as reservations are made in advance and spots are assigned. First time members must confirm in writing that they will attend. Individuals that are no shows are immediately banned from the group. Additionally, those who do not respond to messages will be removed from the group. Lastly, please be aware that there is the potential for an event to be outright canceled or rescheduled last minute when low enrollment falls to 1-2 due to last minute cancellations or non-enrollment. It is the responsibility of the diner to check their messages, (I message individuals in this instance), and the event page to make sure the event is running. Thanks.

Vic's - Italian

Vics New York

All RSVPs to wait list, will move those attending over on Friday. Place: Vic's Cuisine: Italian Location: NoHo NY Magazine review: Whether it’s pizza, antipasti, salad, pasta, or a ricotta-stuffed borsa slicked in a mellifluous butter-lemon sauce, Sterling excels in big, bold, and brightly acidic flavors—reminiscent of trendsetters like April Bloomfield and Mario Batali. Even in its youth, Vic’s has preserved the neighborly spirit that infused Five Points. Website: https://vicsnewyork.com/ RSVPs: Please do not RSVP No. You only need to RSVP if you want to come to the event. Please don't RSVP unless you are sure you can go. I notice the people who RSVP and then cancel, which is not fair to everyone else. I reserve the right to give priority to people who don't do this in the future. I'm not trying to be mean but it makes it much harder for me when people take spots and then cancel either quickly or last minute. Obviously more notice is better, but please try to only sign up (for waitlist as well) if you know you can come. Note that if you habitually cancel you will be removed from the group. Even if the meetup is full, please put your name on the waitlist. I will let you know if a spot becomes available. Also, if there are a lot of people on the waitlist, it lets me know which kind of restaurants are popular so that I may schedule more of those in the future. Please note that meetup events are strictly for members. No +1s are allowed as reservations are made in advance and spots are assigned. First time members must confirm in writing that they will attend. Individuals that are no shows are immediately banned from the group. Additionally, those who do not respond to messages will be removed from the group. Lastly, please be aware that there is the potential for an event to be outright canceled or rescheduled last minute when low enrollment falls to 1-2 due to last minute cancellations or non-enrollment. It is the responsibility of the diner to check their messages, (I message individuals in this instance), and the event page to make sure the event is running. Thanks.

Rodos- Emeril Lagasse's 1st New York City Restaurant

All RSVPs to wait list, will move those attending over Thursday. Place: Rodos Cuisine: Mediterranean with Cajun/Creole Flavors Location: Flatiron/Chelsea Apparently Emeril Lagasse has never had a restaurant in New York City before? He curated the menu here in collaboration with a friend and restauranteur from the Greek Islands. Sounds like an interesting combination. Whether this place succeeds or fails it will be a big story in the NYC restaurant world. Let's try it first-hand! Eater story: https://ny.eater.com/2019/1/14/18181981/rodos-emeril-lagasse-nyc-restaurant-chelsea Menu: http://www.rodosnyc.com/menu.html RSVPs: Please do not RSVP No. You only need to RSVP if you want to come to the event. Please don't RSVP unless you are sure you can go. I notice the people who RSVP and then cancel, which is not fair to everyone else. I reserve the right to give priority to people who don't do this in the future. I'm not trying to be mean but it makes it much harder for me when people take spots and then cancel either quickly or last minute. Obviously more notice is better, but please try to only sign up (for waitlist as well) if you know you can come. Note that if you habitually cancel you will be removed from the group. As part of a new pilot program, members were given the opportunity to contribute a small amount toward the annual fee charged by meetup.com. Those members receive priority in RSVPs. They will receive a spot even if they respond later than other members. If you would like to be part of this program please message one of the organizers. Young Foodies never charges membership fees or adds any surcharge to the dinners. Even if the meetup is full, please put your name on the waitlist. I will let you know if a spot becomes available. Also, if there are a lot of people on the waitlist, it lets me know which kind of restaurants are popular so that I may schedule more of those in the future. Please note that meetup events are strictly for members. No +1s are allowed as reservations are made in advance and spots are assigned. First time members must confirm in writing that they will attend. Individuals that are no shows are immediately banned from the group. Additionally, those who do not respond to messages will be removed from the group. Lastly, please be aware that there is the potential for an event to be outright canceled or rescheduled last minute when low enrollment falls to 1-2 due to last minute cancellations or non-enrollment. It is the responsibility of the diner to check their messages, (I message individuals in this instance), and the event page to make sure the event is running. Thanks.

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