2nd Timer Foodie - Need a local's view on my plan
- partyplan Oct 9, 2007 11:07 PM
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
i dont know this 202 place but id skip it and go to freemans for brunch that saturday. you mentioned going to freemans after lupo dinner...its not really big enough for people to linger at the bar area...its also a bit uncomfortable unless you have a table...and their desserts arent anything worth going crazy for.
id skip chinatown brasserie...its a bit lame and deserted lately. id go to momofuku ssam bar instead...or the noodle bar which is open for lunch.
spotted pig gets hella crowded so be aware.
grimaldis isnt very good...id go to 'ino in the west village instead...get a cheese plate, egg toast, and quattro panini...cheap and delicious.
im not a meatpacking fan at all...id go to blue ribbon bakery or market table for a bit of a nice nyc night out.
I really appreciate all the advice. I've definitely made some changes as a result.
Do you think Spotted Pig will be slammed at 12:30am?
Friday Night - Arrive at Midnight
Spotted Pig (Tia pol not open late enough)
202 Brunch (its gotten good reviews and its in the Chelsea market which I want to go to)
Rocking Horse Mexican (after shopping @ H & M)
Babbo - no reservation but I'm going to get in line at 4pm if I have to.
Central park carriage ride (I know, I"m ridiculous)
Carnegie Club for drinks
RGR's LES tour - donut plant for sure
Late lbrunch Freemans - if we're not stuffed
Dinner - August
Lunch - Grimaldi's (my husband insists)
Dinner - Restaurant walk through meatpacking district and chelsea - I just hit the bar in these places and have 1 item and 1 drink - Tia Pol, Spice Market, Son Cubano, Markt, Morimoto, Del Posto (bar)
Zabars for picnic breakfast
Cafe Boulud - lunch res
Glad to see you added RGR's LES tour and another visit to Chelsea Market. Good additions for your second visit to the city. I usually eat somewhere in Chelsea Market and don't remember seeing 202 inside the Market, I think it's in the clothing store. There is also a new tea salon in the Chelsea Market. The same owner of the T-Salon (sadly, long closed) that was in the SoHo Guggenheim Museum. Her new place is very different. The T-Salon was a special place.
We had brunch at Markt recently and while I preferred the previous, larger location in the meatpacking district it was still v. good (especially the mussels). Please let us know how Grimaldi's is. I have not been in ages.