Where to eat 3 nights in Manhattan
We are traveling to NYC at the end of May and we'll have 3 nights to eat out. We last vistited 6 years ago and ate at Babbo, Lupa, Pastis, Balthazar, Tabla and Nobu. We enjoyed all, but we'd like to try some new/different restaurants. We're open to most anything, although we prefer fun, upbeat places with great food. Thank you for any suggestions.
You should strongly consider Momofuku Ssam on 13th and 2nd. Great combo of flavors. Had great dim sum at Chinatown Brasserie recently, and the menu's available at dinner as well. Perry St, Five Points, Blue Ribbon on sullivan, also good. All these places have good vibe and energetic atmosphere.
I just got back from an NYC trip and have been raving about Momofuku Ssam Bar and Degustation to anyone who will listen to me. Both use avant-garde techniques but are still deeply rooted in their cuisines of origin (pan-Asian street food for Momofuku, Spanish for Degustation). Really amazingly delicious food. I've never had anything like it. I love seasonal, local, simply prepared food as much as the next person, but it's such the dominant style in the Bay Area, and I was really craving something different - Momofuku and Degustation totally satisfied that. Also really enjoyed the desserts at WD-50 and would strongly recommend a night of savories at Degustation, followed by a dessert tasting menu at WD-50. Momofuku could be followed by Room 4 Dessert (avant-garde dessert bar - seems to have received mixed reviews here, but I enjoyed it).