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NYC bound and need a restaurant plan...help?

My boyfriend and I are going up to NYC in January and I'm trying to put a restaurant plan together. Need some help from the dedicated Chowhounders:
--I want lunch at some really great place (where we really couldn't probably afford the dinner)
--One great dinner (maybe French?) that's great food and good ambiance and isn't super stuffy. We'll lay down some cash for this, but nothing super outrageous.
--I'm thinking I also need a good Bahn Mi place for lunch one of the other days.
--Where's a really great classic cocktail kind of place. Not for food, but just for a drink.
--An interesting, funky, great food place in the village?
--Best pizza...got to have the pizza.

What am I missing? And, I promise to report back!

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  1. fleur de sel has a prix fixe lunch that people here love. never been, so can't comment.

    saigon banh mi is my favorite. banh mi so one is a decent alternative, with good veggie options. if you do a search, you'll see lots and lots of discussion.

    pizza in manhattan--patsy's in east harlem. in brooklyn, difara's or grimaldi's (check the outer boroughs board).

    here's a recent quality cocktails thread: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/... . angel share is great.

    east village? west village? cuisine type?

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    1. re: rose water

      Thanks! As for cuisine type, how about some new american style food, but with a really interesting take on it?

    2. --I want lunch at some really great place (where we really couldn't probably afford the dinner)

      Gotham Bar & Grill does a prix fixe lunch; i think Gotham is phenomenal.
      Spotted Pig -- it's delish, and not expensive, but impossible to get into at night (just tried to go for dinner on Tues, and the wait was 2 hours), so maybe better luck at lunch.

      --One great dinner (maybe French?) that's great food and good ambiance and isn't super stuffy. We'll lay down some cash for this, but nothing super outrageous.

      Le Bernardin (but almost impossible to make a ressy)
      Jean Georges

      --Where's a really great classic cocktail kind of place. Not for food, but just for a drink.

      Milk & Honey (Lower East Side) or any of Sasha Petraske's quintessential cocktail spots (Little Branch - West Village; Eastside Company - LES). They're all slightly difficult to find and barely have signs. Sasha uses fresh-squeezed juices, proper garnishes and the best ice. Who knew ice could make such a difference?

      --An interesting, funky, great food place in the village?

      Degustation in the East Village. I love the food and I love Jack Lamb (owner/host).
      Peasant in NoLIta. Italian, food is amazing.

      --Best pizza...got to have the pizza.

      Grimaldi's in Brooklyn. Go during the day (if it's nice you can walk over the Brooklyn Bridge to the restaurant), the wait at night can be close to 2 hours.

      Franny's in Brooklyn is also really really good.

      I haven't tried Una Pizza Napoletena in the East Village (I think 12th/1st Ave), but I've only heard good things.

      As for what you're missing: burgers -- Shake Shack, altho i think it's closed in january. Otherwise, Burger Joint at the parker meridien. dim sum -- dim sum go go is way better than most of the other spots, despite the lack of carts.
      Momofuku Noodle Bar in the east village. Falai on the lower east side. Artisanal for fondue. Tia Pol for amazing tapas.

      lobster rolls at pearl oyster bar (or mermaid inn or mary's fish camp). oyster pan roast at grand central oyster bar. sushi..... oh my, the sushi... ushi wakamaru on houston is fab and less expensive than the more hyped Yasuda or less conventional Gari.

      There's just so much amazing food in NYC.

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      1. re: sister2

        Shake Shack closed last week and won't reopen till March 21.

      2. For lunch, try Le Bernardin, Bouley or Gotham. All of these restaurants are on opentable.com and all have fixed price lunch options. For pizza I like Angelo's on 57th.

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        1. re: socal boy

          i second the reco for burger joint at the parker meridian. you gotta check this out. the burgs are great and don't forget the fries and a brownie. when you're done, you can carve your names on the wall. you'll see what i mean when you go.

        2. Pegu on Houston for cocktails is a must.

          1. Employees Only on Hudson Street (West Village) is a great spot for classic cocktails and a really nice tableside steak tartare. But Pegu's cocktails really can't be beat.