Where to eat - only in NYC 3 days - HELP!
I'm going to NYC for a brief trip, never been there!
I definately qualify as a Chowhound and want every
bite I have in the Big Apple to be the best. With all
the great restaurants how do you pick? I love Italian
and steaks or veal dishes. Can you help?
Last year I asked about the same question here. When I
asked about The Great American Steak, most ChowHounds
mentioned Peter Lugers and Gallaghers. Since my wife
and I are smokers, Peter Lugers was a non-runner, so
Gallaghers was our place. I've seen many critics saying
that it's going downhill, but my wife's Filet Mignon
and my own Prime Rib couldn't be bettered. Her mashed
potatoes - she said to my disappointment - was as good
as my own. Maybe we were lucky? We've never been there
before or since, so we don't know.
Go to Peter Lugers - It is the best steak in the country,and a real NY experience.
For Italian, I highly recommend Babbo. It just recently opened to a lot of hype, but IT IS as good as they say. Some of the most consistenly phenomenal pasta dishes that I have ever had the pleasure of eating in a restaurant: from the gnocchi with prosciutto and portobello, the tagliatelli(sp?) with lobster, sweet corn and crushed plum tomatoes and the bucotini with baby octopus in a spicy tomatoe sauce. Plus, don't miss the grilled polenta and portobellos, with shaved parm. regianno appetizer. Call now for reservations.
re: pat hammond
Yes. Mario Batali runs the kitchen while Mr. Bastianach (whose family owns Felida, Frico, etc) runs the business end.
I am usually rather disappointed with pasta dishes in restaurants. They are usually pretty good, but rarely great. I always think, what's the big deal, I could do this at home. Well on four seperate occasions trying 4 different pastas, I have been blown away. In addition, the room is very nice, but not at all dainty. I should stop talking now if I ever want to get a reservation there again.