NYC Visit - Planned Food
Three of us will be visiting NYC from 31st December - 4th January and have been agonising over where to sample NYC's finest! We've been to the city a few times before so already have our favourite places, but am open to any alternative suggestions from the chowhounds.
It's important that the places are reasonably downscale - we travel light and therefore pretty much stay in casual gear.
Our planned choices are:
Breakfast: Clinton St. Baking Co / Skylight Diner
BBQ: RUB / Blue Smoke
Mac n Cheese: Blue Smoke
Burger: Burger Joint / Shake Shack
Steak: Peter Luger (if the budget will stretch) / Angelo & Maxie
Pizza: Patsys/ Grimaldi
Dessert: Rice to Riches
I would really appreciate feedback on the above, and in particular any alternative suggestions. Food is always a really big part of our trip and I like to try and get it right.
Thanks Chow Hounds :-)
Agreed re: Max Brenner's. No good.
Try the new ChikaLicious Dessert Bar in the East Village -- it offers cupcakes, amazing soft serve, and various other treats. http://www.dessertclubchikalicious.com/
Also, RUB beats the pants off Blue Smoke for BBQ. Wings and ribs are much juicier. In fact, I've had several dessicated ribs experiences at Blue Smoke.
I like your pizza picks for demonstrating the coal oven style but would add a slice at Joe's for the perfect example of an NYC "street slice."
Finally, even though you didn't list any Mexican spots, I know how impossible it is to get decent Mexican in London. Mercadito (East Village) and Papatzul (SoHo) are consistently fantastic.
Let us know how your trip goes!!
Another Mexican to consider (our London friends always want Mexican when they come to NYC) is Bistro Itzocan. They also have a location in the E. Village, but I've not eaten there. El Paso Taqueria on E. 97th is our neighborhood go to Mexican - it's quite good, but a bit out of the way, as is Bistro Itzocan.
I agree with Kathryn. Skip Max Brenners unless you just want to stop in for a hot chocolate to go while you're walking around.
I'm a big fan of Rice and Riches. The rice pudding is great and if you are in the mood for chocolate go for their Rocky Road flavor. It's pefect for chocolate lovers. They let you sample flavors so try a few before you decide which ones you want. The line is long, but it moves quickly. I love holiday time in NY. Have fun!!!