Essential NYC eats for visitors
My husband and I will be travelling to NYC for a wedding next month. So, I am looking for the "essential eats" list. We'll be all over Manhattan doing the tourist thing but staying in Tribeca. Price is a consideration but I'm willing to splurge on one great meal. We're there for 5 days but one day is a wedding so we'll be eating the food there (at the Boathouse in Central park).
What I've figured is what to eat, I just need to know WHERE!
ONE great dining experience
Thanks in advance!
Some bakery suggestions with restaurants also to dine in, though Grandaisy only has benches. All are downtown.
http://www.blueribbonrestaurants.com (Blue Ribbon Bakery -the restaurant and the bakery market, are near one another but not at the same location
Plus Russ and Daughters for bagels and appetizers. http://www.russanddaughters.com/
Here's a bunch of threads that should help as it contains other people's sample itineraries:
You shouldn't miss Katz's Deli (vwww.katzdeli.com), it's a New York institution as far as deli sandwiches go...bring your appetite (I actually recommend splitting a pastrami sandwich with someone, they're HUGE!) It's old school NY...and super yummy eats!
My favorite bagels are H&H on the upper west side (there are a few other locations in the city, but in my opinion, none as good as 80th and Broadway.)
Sunshine Bakery (http://www.sugarsweetsunshine.com/) has great cupcakes. If you're looking for a dessert and coffee experiences, try Cafe Lalo (www.cafelalo.com/) at 83rd and Amsterdam or Cafe Reggio (www.cafereggio.com) for their coffee/ice cream concoctions (the Deliciouso is totally addictive.) If you want a special dessert experience try Serendipity (http://www.serendipity3.com/), it's been in many movies set in NY, as well as Sex & the City, etc.
As for one great dining experience, i'm totally in love with the tasting menu at Morimoto. It'll cost you, but if you like sushi/Japanese cusine, it's totally worth it!!
I hope this helps! Enjoy!!
Cafe Lao is very hit or miss dependent on what you order. Many hounds report Serendipity 3 as overrated; I'm hesitant to try given the long lines and the recent health violations.
Mintycake, what kind of desserts/bakery are you looking for? There are TONS of them in Manhattan, and different items will stand out at different bakeries (cakes, pie, cookies, macarons, financiers, tarts, croissants, etc). Each bakery has its particular niche....