Itinerary for next week - any better options?
Finally have our itinerary for our NYC visit next week and I wondered if we have any real bloopers on there.
Please bear in mind that I have purposefully left out ethnic restaurants - the UK has an abundance of good ethnic restaurants and 90% of the time when we eat out at home, it's thai, chinese, indian or italian.
What we are searching for is good American food. Home cooked, comfort food in casual surroundings that won't break the bank.
Here we go....
Bubby's Tribeca (this is a favourite of ours having visited NYC a number of times before)
Nolita House for NYE
The Smith for NYD Brunch
Lombardi followed by Rice to Riches
Tick Tock Diner (need a cheap, good breakfast near ESB)
Blue Smoke (considered Dinosaur but struggled to find it last time and felt a little uncomfortable wandering around Harlem like obvious tourists)
Clinton St Baking Co
Final meal at Peter Luger (not cheap, I know!)
All thoughts, comments, tips and suggestions gratefully received.
Skip Junior's. If you'd like to do something in Brooklyn (other than Luger's), though, ask on the Outer Borough's Board. Perhaps Pizza would be the way to go in Brooklyn (as I would certainly recommend omitting Lombardi).
Dinosaur is pretty easy to get to without getting lost. Use Google maps for directions. I think it is far more interesting (and less expensive) than Blue Smoke.
Finally, you should not miss Katz's for deli (get the Pastrami sandwich). Is deli why you were going to Juniors? If so you would definitely be disappointed.
It's not typical, and I had a good meal there several months ago (a tongue sandwich and I believe split pea soup). But it's in Brooklyn and should be discussed on the Outer Boroughs board.
I think that Lombardi's has been coasting on reputation for years. In that area, I'd recommend Arturo's, instead. Houston St., corner of Thompson. But you might consider going to Spanish Harlem for a couple of pies at the original Patsy's, instead. I haven't been there for a while, but did consider it better - thinner crust, more char. Arturo's has live jazz, though, which is nice, and it's in the Village. Your choice.
Just for the record, Junior's has two location in Manhattan, one in the Theater District on 45th St., and the other in Grand Central Terminal's downstairs food court. I've not been to the latter. The only thing I've had at the 45th St. location is an egg cream (from the take-out area), and it was excellent.
A great option for bbq is Daisy May's, on the corner of 11th Av. & 46th St. It's cafeteria-style service -- ergo, very reasonable prices -- and there's no decor to speak of. But who cares?! The bbq is delicious! The only "problem" is that they close relatively early.
you seem to have a very odd mix me and my wife are both british and have lived here for 5yrs she is a chef and i am a butler we aim to eat healthy and cheap often and find the following to be both
nobu next door lunch menu( no reservations about 25 $)
barbuto ( modern american italian one of our favs)
jin fong ( dimsum in chinatown largest resterant in manhattan an Experience)
georgias bbq ( small ,cheap very good food also byo)
el quijote(spanish old school style) vvv good
red cat is good a bit pricey thou
rub also for bbq it was better i havent been for a while
kefi (greek just opened in new premisis v good modern greek
also uncle nicks greek has a new lcation on 28th st at 8th ave i think also good
jo jo a french place on the upper east has a 25 $ lunch menu portions are small but good food and a nice room
frankies spuntino 17 clinton st nyc italian ok could be more interesting
for steak i recomend aurthers in hoboken you take the hoboken train from 34th st herald sq to hoboken and walk a few blocks this is on the other side of the river and offers excelent views of manhattan
hope you enjoy your trip
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-- i agree w/ skipping Lombardi's...many better pizza options...
-- consider Keens...and if you do the pub room at Keens instead of doing Lugers you'd save some money and have a better atmosphere...
-- i wouldn't be so quick to eliminate Italian...even if you have some nice options in the UK, NYC has tons of affordable and delicious Italian places: consider Malatesta in the West Village and Cacio e Vino in the East Village...