Where in manhattan shall a Swedish family dine ?
we are a swedish family going to NYC for a family reunion in mid oct. we ́ll be staying at Holiday inn at Lafayette Street. I need som advices for good restaurants. my sister have never been to NYC so it should be something that will blow their minds (and tastebuds :) i am planning to take them to Gramercy tavern which i know is good but i want to find something more extraordinary. I need 3 restaurants for dinner and maybe som advice for brunch/lunch. since we ́ll be staying close to Chinatown a good chinese place would be nice too any tips?
(my mother is 75 so it shouldnt be to noisy)
thanx for you help Cheers Jacob from Stockholm
Although it's in midtown you might want to try Aquavit to see how Sweden translates to Manhattan! We had a lovely brunch at the old location.. don't know about the new restaurant.
Don't know if it's still a zoo but you might want to try Balthazar for lunch or brunch. A little touch of French influence (just like Jean Baptiste Bernadotte had on the Swedish royal family-:)
Here's a suggestion for your chinese request: I would take your family to Pings at 22 Mott. It has a bit nicer decor than an average place in the area, plenty of interesting and mundane choices and is not too noisy. Should suit your needs for both your mother and you.
You write: "i am planning to take them to Gramercy tavern which i know is good but i want to find something more extraordinary." but then you say Aquavit is too expensive. Gramercy Tavern is probably in the same range as Aquavit, so MORE extraordinary may cost even more. (not always the case though)
Le Bernardin - for seafood. Should be good for your mother.
Why not try something different for you and very american--have some BBQ? Why come to NY to dine European style? There are many in manhattan--some better than others and there is a raging debate over which is the best.
Look up the following and see which might work for you (of course there are others):
Rack and Soul (my current favorite--has soul food menu too), Daisy Mae (another favorite), R.U.B., Blue Smoke.