I'm Ready for my Itinerary Critique
I'm coming out of lurk/research mode as I'm finally ready for my itinerary critique. I lived in NYC until 1999. And although I've been back for a day here or there, this time I'll be in the city for 3 nights. I'll be with my Mom (her 60th, my 40th), and the two of us will enjoy a few days of Theatre, shopping and great food. I am pregnant, and therefore have limitations on sushi/raw foods and of course, alcohol, as well as my own crazy cravings and aversions. Also, at the moment, I can't eat too much at one sitting, so I've eliminated some of the higher end meals that I will have to try another time (per se and 11 madison park). Some of it is still loose (particularly Thursday), so that we have options based on our whim(s)-
Arrive Tues 12 noon
Lunch: Artisinal 1:15 resv. (Mom is a wine and cheese fanatic - I will be fine with fondue or other cooked cheese items)
Snack: Sesame Wontons @ Noodles on 28 - probably not a chowhound place, but I have too many fond memories to not enjoy a few of my old favorites.
Theatre: Wicked 7pm
After Theatre: Stanton Social 10:30 resv. -- I love small plates- especially eclectic! In '99 there were only a handful of spanish tapas places.
Wednesday: Shopping day on the UES
Lunch: Fig & Olive, Eli's, Frederick's Madison, or Tabla Bread Bar ( maybe? i know it's not uptown, but I'd like to try it, if it's not too out of the way for our day)
Dinner: Atlantic Grill with Friends. I've been here before, I know what I'm ordering and so I'm satisfied even though it's not new and exciting.
Thursday: Shopping Downtown
Lunch: Little Giant
Tabla Bread Bar
Tides (for Lobster Roll)
or just pick up snacks (see list at bottom)
We may want to catch a play tonight, if so, we would need to find a place where we can have an early enough dinner or it needs to be located closer to midtown:
Dinner: Crispo - too many raves on chowhound to miss - will it work with Theatre?
Tao - midtown, could work with Theatre
Alta - interesting menu - probably won't work with Theatre ?
Colors interesting menu - probably won't work with Theatre ?
Hearth interesting menu - probably won't work with Theatre ?
Buddakan - again, I love small plates
After Theatre: Chickalicious??
Snacks/Pick-me-ups/ something "to-go" on Friday/or switch outs for lunches/or even Breakfasts
Buttercup Bake Shop
L'arte del Gelato,
Botega del Vino 7 East 59th btw 5th & 6th – Sammy’s Mocchachino
La Maison du Chocolat
Rice to Riches
Thanks in advance for your advice, comments, ideas and/or switchout recs!
Since you suggested Hearth as a possiblity for pre-theater on Thursday, why don't you consider Insieme instead. It's at 51st and 7th in the Michaelangelo, and is Marco's newer restaurant and would work pre-theater. I also agree with MMRuth about POB over tides - (edited) Sorry just saw dkstar1's response... so i agree with his reccomendation of Insieme
Am I reading that I should try Insieme instead of Crispo if it ends up that we are seeing a show thursday evening? Would the same be true of Insieme v. Buddakan? I've pretty much eliminated Colors, Alta, Hearth and Tao for this trip. Thanks for all your suggestions, it really is helping to narrow the list!
We ate at Crispo a few months ago, and while the food was good enough, the atmosphere was off-putting. Extremely crowded with large groups, and LOUD. It was a Friday night, so perhaps it's a different scene during the week, but every time I walk by in the evening, the crowd is spilling onto the sidewalk.
Depending on how long Wicked runs, you might find it tricky to get from midtown to the LES in enough time. I think its 2 hours and 45 minutes. So you should be okay...but close.
Noodles on 28 - blech, in my opinion. Otherwise, looks good. What about Insieme for dinner in place of your suggestion of Hearth. Same chef, better food, fair prices and in the heart of the Theater district?
Rice to Riches, Chikalicious, Donut Plant and Shake Shack are all interesting additions to the NY food scene for a former resident to check out. Stanton Social also sounds like a great place for you. I definitely recommend Crispo for dinner, if you are curious about it, and Buddakan over TAO. Have fun!
The panini (sp?) are wonderful - I had one for lunch at their sister restaurant, Bottega del Vino, yesterday. The Tartufatta (fontina cheese, mushrooms, truffle oil) is excellent (though it's not on the menu at BdV, sadly), as are the Praga and Lo Spazzino. You can see the list here:
Click on the lunch menu.
Also - went to the Bread Bar at Tabla for lunch at about 2:15 on this Saturday and the service was much better - dishes came out quite quickly. Favorites included Bhoondi Raita, Tomato Basmati pilaf, Tandoori Black Pepper Shrimp, Bread Bar Chicken Tikka (fabulous, comes with lemon chutney), Hyderabadi Kofta Curry (lamb meatballs), Garlic Nan, Tomato Chutney and Mint Chutney. I also love the Kachoomber Kooler - green chilies, cilantro, cucumber and gin. The Sokol Blosser Evolution #9 is a wonderful white blend - reasonable and great with the food - it's under Spiceworthy Whites on the wine list.
Thanks MMRuth!! Mom loves wine, so I can pass the drink tips over to her for this trip. I will miss a few good cocktails this trip, but I'll be sure to make up for it when I return another time. I really appreciate your responses/reviews. I might be one of your lurking groupies on this board, as I find your reviews so specific and helpful. Thanks again!
FYI, Noodles on 28 moved to 29th street and 3rd Avenue (but kept the old name).
Post-theatre dessert options: keep in mind that Chikalicious closes at 10:45pm and usually has a wait on a weekend night. You might want to find an option closer to Midtown -- maybe Kyotofu or Junior's?
Looks like you got lots of good ideas. I've enjoyed my food at Tabla Bread Bar, but be warned that the two times I've been there (late lunches on a Saturday), the service has been glacial - but the food worth it. If you go to Shake Shack - I'd head west on 23rd street for some macarons at Madeleine.
Have not heard anything about Frederick's - strikes me as Nello/La Goulue type place.
My preference, over Tides, for a lobster roll is Pearl Oyster Bar.