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Sep 14, 2007 07:40 AM

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

Choux Factory

Buttercup Bake Shop


L'arte del Gelato,

Patisserie Claude

Donut Plant

Shake Shack

Dumpling House

Katz's Deli

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!

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  1. 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.

    2 Replies
    1. re: MMRuth

      All in all, I think your choices sound fine.
      Happy imbibing.

      1. re: MMRuth

        If you do head to Madeleine Patisserie after Shake Shack, call ahead to make sure they're open -- a friend of mine who works in the area has reported odd hours.

      2. FYI: The Stanton Social is not "Spanish" tapas.

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        1. re: LeahBaila

          Yes . . .and I actually prefer more eclectic small plates to specifically spanish ones.

        2. 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?

          1. ChikaLicious posts a 20-60 wait weeknights as well. Go there at exactly 3pm or exactly 7pm. Always works for me. Never waited more than five minutes. After theater, forget it. Far too many in the queue.

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            1. re: kathrynO

              DARN! . . .but I appreciate the heads up! And thanks also for the tip on Noodles on 28!!

              1. re: ctygrl

                What about Kyotofu? Haven't been, but it's an eclectic dessert place in Hell's Kitchen, thus near theater, perhaps up your alley?

                705 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

            2. I appreciate the relplies so far . . .a couple of additional questions . . .any advice on Via Quadronno for Wed. lunch?

              And finally, is it too ambitious to dine at Crispo pre-theatre?

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              1. re: ctygrl

                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.

                1. re: MMRuth

                  Just remembered the bit about your being pregnant - so the drink tips won't help you!

                  1. re: MMRuth

                    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!