Honeymoon in NYC
We will be taking a very short honeymoon to NYC in October. We are staying right in Times Square. We are going to the Roseland Ballroom to see a punk band one night and to see Wicked the next. I'm a lover of food and have read a lot of the reviews on the board. I am looking for some foodie info:
I wouldn't call us vegetarians but we won't eat pork or red meat. We enjoy noodle houses and dim sum, italian food, Mediterranean food is one of our favs, Thai food. Probably not seafood since we are from Maine and we get it directly from the boat. Not overly concerned with money since it is our honeymoon but we don't want to blow ALL of our money in one place. What are some hot spots for dinner?
The best spot for a black and white cookie?
The best bagel with lox?
And lastly...a funky cool place for a cocktail.
rhong tiam for thai downtown
land northeast thai for thai uptown
funky cool cocktails: little branch, pdt, death & company, angel's share, tailor
(let me know when you're here - i'll buy you both a cocktail at ANY of those places)
sushi - sushi yasuda for traditional, sushi of gari (UES) for more modern
good cupcake at 2little red hens
noodle house: soba-ya
If you want a sit-down breakfast, definitely go to Barney Greengrass for classic NY -- eggs, bagel, lox, etc. (Amsterdam and 86th)
I'm not a big sweets person so I haven't tried Magnolia and the rest. But I will say I had an *outstanding* mini cupcake from Kyotofu - the chocolate souffle cupcake. (9th Ave and 48th-ish)
We enjoy Cafe D'Alsace on UES for charcuterie, cheese, sitting outside and their terrific beer selection, though I'm not sure you'd count it as micro brews. They have a beer "sommelier" too.
I agree with malibu that the Campbell Apartment in GCT is awesome. But the drinks are expensive. And definitely don't go in the immediately-after-work period -- it's just insane with commuters. I think I have the link for it ... here it is : http://www.hospitalityholdings.com/ ... just click on the Campbell Apt. link.
Enjoy and Congrats!
Campbell Apartment is much quieter on the weekends -- be aware that it can be a little difficult to find. If you're coming from the great hall, you need to exit Grand Central and then follow the signs. The drinks are not that expensive when compared to other high end cocktail bars in the city. Note that they have a two-drink minimum when there is live jazz in the space (Friday or Saturday nights, IIRC).
Salon de Ning, An opulent reworking of the Peninsula Hotel’s former Pen-Top bar, ritzy rooftop Salon de Ning offers inspiring Midtown views from its two outdoor terraces and glass-enclosed bar, now redone with a new ‘Shanghai deco’ look (think lacquered screens and Chinese daybeds); of course, sky-high tabs come with the lofty territory (700 Fifth Ave., 23rd fl.; 212-956-1300).
Dim Sum - Vegetarian Dim Sum House on Pell St in Chinatown. One of my faves and I'm not a vegetarian.
Cupcake- My personal fave is Sugar Sweet Sunshine on Rivington St. or Baby Cakes (all vegan and REALLY good) on Broome St. Don't go to Magnolia. Trust me.
Dinner- I personally love Blue Ribbon Bakery and all the Blue Ribbon restaurants (there is also a Blue Ribbon Sushi). It feels special and won't totally break the bank (but could come close).
Cocktails- Campbell Apt in Grand Central. Also, I haven't been in awhile, but the Hudson Hotel near Columbus Cir. has a quaint bar called Library. Good martini's. For something a little more young/hip you could try Death & Co. in the East Village- but it's a pain to get in there.
Can you be a little more specific about your budget? Also, are you willing to travel to any neighborhood? You mentioned not wanting seafood but what about sushi? I'm a NH boy and I never order cooked fish in NYC because I like to wait until I'm back in New England for most stuff but sushi is another story. There are some brilliant sushi chefs here and that might be a lot of fun. My current favorite is Shimizu on 51st Street. You can name your price but I usually end up spending about $75-85 per person and its well worth it.
I am easy to please when it comes to Bagels and Lox. I like Murray's in Chelsea but there are probably better places. I'll wait for others to way in.
If you will be here for the weekend, definitely do a search on this board for dim sum and go early to Chinatown and eat well. I do find that there is a fair amount of pork in a lot of dim sum so just be aware. I also think Italian is tough here without pork but you might want to try Lupa or Crispo. Both are delicious.
Best of luck and congratulations!
I'm sure the sushi in NYC is better than any sushi in Maine. We have one sushi spot in the whole county! Thanks for the recs so far!
I'm OK spending about $75 per person for a nice meal preferably somewhere near the Gershwin Theatre since we will do a fancy night when we see Wicked.