2nd Timer Foodie - Need a local's view on my plan
I'm coming to NYC next for my second time. The last time was for 30 hours only but I still managed to hit about 12 restaurants. I just love to go to these places I've read so much about. Can I get any opinions, advice or DONT DO ITS on my plan?
Friday Night - Arrive
Mesa Grill - late Brunch (I know you guys mostly hate it, but I hate a hot dream about Bobby Flay and I think its a sign.)
August - Dinner
Chinatown Brasserie - like 3 pieces of dim sum, just to check the place out
Late Lunch - Spotted Pig
Dinner - Lupo
After - freeman's
Lunch - Grimaldi's
Dinner - Restaurant walk through meatpacking district - I just hit the bar in these places and have 1 item and 1 drink - Spice Market, Son Cubano, Markt, Morimoto, Del Posto (bar) - better ideas here?
Zabars for picnic breakfast
Davidburke & donatella - late lunch
Help - thoughts? better plans?
Partyplan, what 12 restaurants did you hit in your last trip here?! That's very impressive. And if you told us what you did like and didn't like, we'd be able to give more recommendations. Plus, that way we don't recommend somewhere you've already been...
It seems like you have a lot of sit-down restaurants in your itinerary...would you be wiling to consider more casual, maybe street food or grab 'n' go places? Do you want to hit up any desserty or snack type places?
Also, Chinatown Brasserie does dim sum in dishe of 4-6 pieces, so you might be done after ordering one dish.
Any suggestions on how to get reservations at Babbo. I called 1 month to the day ahead of time for each day I'd be there, starting at 10am when their reservation line was open and it was busy for 2 hours solid and then when I got through it was booked. For Sunday night, I literally called 100 times. Redial, hang up, redial hang up. ugh.
I went to les Halles, Bar Jamon, Chelsea Market, pastis, balthazar, some Italian place in the theatre district, Cafe Cubana, Gramercy Tavern, Rose Mexicano and some others I can't remember. I shouldn't even call myself a foodie, because its not even about the food, its about the feel of each one and just getting that first taste of what they are like. I actually ate something in about 1/2 the places, in the others, I had a drink or a coffee and just soaked it in.
I would suggest tacking on Tia Pol and their new tapas bar, El Quinto Pino (very close by) onto Monday's itinerary. Tia Pol can be very daunting on a Friday night and it fits nicely into your crawl. There is also a Japanese restaurant with small plates next door to Tia Pol called Izakaya that would fit nicely. Craftsteak is next door to Del Posto and has a nice bar - good oysters and beer list if your into that. If you like Bobby, you gotta like Tom.
def Centro Vinoteca over Morandi, unless if you like Epcot center decor. you can probably get into Centro early but it's pretty busy right now. Bobo needs time - my food was unseasoned and the kitchen is a mess. P*ong you can do later for dessert. I agree with steeltowngrl that Izakaya next to Tia Pol is fun. I'd take the drinks at Pegu over Employees Only though