Itenerary for Visiting College Friends... HELP!! ANY ADVICE WELCOME!
2 Friends from college in town next weekend. Here is my tentative "itenerary". Please share any advice or thoughts about any of these choices!
breakfast - bagels
lunch - THE MODERN (we'll be visiting MOMA anyway)
early dinner at RED CAT before going to the theatre
brunch - BALTHAZAR
afternoon tea - ST. REGIS
late dinner - i have reservations at LE GIGOT, PEASANT, and THE ORCHARD
breakfast - i'm cooking
lunch - ?????
dinner - PEARL OYSTER BAR
I'm not sure about lunch on Sunday or what to choose for our SAT dinner... or if I should do something else entirely. Thoughts?? Thanks so much for any info!
I second the Tides recommendation and would opt for either Peasant or the Orchard over Le Gigot for Saturday evening. I love Le Gigot but it's a small, cozy kind of place and the atmosphere at the other two would probably be better for your group. Peasant and the Orchard are both great. I'd pick based on where you want to go out afterward.
Sounds like a lovely itinerary - but Pearl is closed on Sundays. Maybe go there on Saturday (they close at 11pm) and to one of your Saturday places on Sunday - I very much like Le Gigot - haven't been to Orchard or Peasant, though since those are in a different neighborhood that Pearl & Le Gigot, one of them might be a better choice from the "showing the town" perspective.
If you want to stay downtown on Sunday and are looking for a substitute for Pearl, I would highly recommend Aquagrill. Outstanding oysters and seafood. They also have a great Sunday brunch which would fit your lunch or dinner needs. You might also consider Jane for lunch on Sunday, it has a pretty young and energetic crowd and Aquagrill for dinner. They are close to each other. You can walk around the Village or Soho in between
I think Tides, the teensy fish/seafood "shack" on Norfolk St., would be an excellent substitute for Pearl's. The food's delicious; the space has a stylish charm, including a very unusual ceiling; and the owner, Stephen, one of the nicest guys around, goes out of his way to see that diners are satisfied.