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Feb 22, 2007 05:24 PM

Romantic Downtown Weekend

I need some help planning my stay in NYC early March. Staying at the Grammercy Park Hotel so any tips on that or around that would be great. I am looking at filling up Friday and Saturday with hand holding, eating, and drinking with my hubby. He is from NY but we don't live there now. We don't normally travel that far downtown when we visit, so interested in exploring that area (villages, tribeca, etc). Here is my rough plan, please give me any advice and fill in the blanks. I adore special ideas! Thanks!!

Thurs - possible late night bite or drink depending when he gets off work. nearby bar? or late eats place?

Fri - wander around, brkfst somewhere? then up to Campbell Apartment for romantic cocktail, then down to my fav. of last visit (he's never been) The Spotted Pig for early dinner to avoid wait. back to hotel for a drink (i will make reservations, i'm thinking 10:30??) at the Rose Bar

Sat - brunch somewhere? oysters at Aquagrill raw bar for lunch? walk around the villages, tribeca, etc. window shop, shop shop? back to hotel to change. then need good, romantic italian for dinner... tired lupa and no luck. i'm thinking 9:30. looking at crispo, da umberto, giorgio's of grammercy, Roc? grab drink at angel's share first.

any ideas would be great. we like eating and drinking and doing cooler things than we normally get to do in LA. don't mind walking as long as its not too cold. just excited to be somewhere different! like local, friendly places. sushi, french, american and italian.

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    1. On a Friday night, you have to be at the Spotted Pig by 5:30pm to avoid the mad rush. For romantic Italian, you may want to try Apizz on the LES.

      1. romantic italian - Il Buco. Brunch - Balthazar - there is nothing like these places in LA. Late eats - momofuku ssam bar - look at weds review in the NYT.

        good luck

        1. Romantic Italian in walking distance from your hotel, Novita. Get the bottle of Nickle & Nickle you guys will be on cloud nine.

          1. I would go to Clinton St. baking Co. for breakfast/brunch one day and then walk around the Lower East Side. Lots of casual bites and interesting shops.

            Here's a link to RGR's LES walking tour:

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            1. re: CornflakeGirl

              Note that there are still a number of Orthodox Jewish places in the LES that contribute to the atmosphere (both culinary and general). They will be closed Friday evening and Saturday, so those times would not be the best to visit.

              1. re: bobjbkln

                The stops along the tour are not Orthodox and there really aren't too many left in the area that are worth visiting. The LES is completely hopping on Friday nights and Saturdays (once everyone rolls out of bed).

                1. re: CornflakeGirl

                  You are not correct that stops along my tour are not observant. Kossar's and Gus's Pickles are closed on Saturday. If you wanted to substitute The Pickle Guys, not possible because they're closed as well. This is why I suggest it's best not to do the tour on Saturday. Doing the tour on Fridays is fine as long as you get to these places an hour before sundown when they must close.

                  1. re: RGR

                    That's only two spots. I wouldn't skip the LES because I couldn't get a pickle especially if they're looking to go to brunch first. Still plenty to see.

                    I find Guss' has jumped the shark at this point and has become a bit of a tourist trap.

                    1. re: CornflakeGirl

                      I was correcting your untrue assertion that *none* of the stops on my tour were observant.

                      My tour is what it is and, in my view, is best not taken on a Saturday. But if someone wants to take the tour on a Saturday and miss these stops, that's perfectly fine with me.

                      And, btw, you and everyone else are certainly free to devise your own tour.

                      1. re: RGR

                        Sorry the "none" should have been "most" but thanks for the correction.

                        I think people have been tweaking the tour. I seem to recall Economy Candy not being on your original tour. Now after many mentions from others it's been added.

                        1. re: CornflakeGirl

                          You're right about Economy Candy. At one point, on another thread a few weeks ago, an out-of-towner asked about the Dumpling House, and I suggested a spot for it during the tour. As I said, I'm in favor of people using it as a guide and tweaking it to suit themselves.