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Hi Fellow Hounders,
My husband is taking me to NYC for a quick weekend get-a-way in late January, and we are looking for some local recommendations.
New Orleans is our home and as such food is very important to us.
We would love ideas for:
1 splurge dinner (we are considering Daniel, but open to suggesions)
1 neighborhood joint type dinner option
On the Go breakfast options
Good, neighborhood lunch options

Rather than spending our time seeking out the statue of Liberty and Empire State Building, we will likely spend the majority of this brief stint getting to know SoHo and Greewnich Village.

Any suggestions are much appreciated!

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  1. What kind of options are you looking for in your splurge dinner? How much are you willing to spend? Also note that a lot of the top tier restaurants book up very quickly (some a month in advance, the day they open their books) so I would definitely book very soon.

    When you say Greenwich Village I assume you mean both the NYU area and West Village? For a lot of people GV is kind of ambiguous. I've seen some refer to that as the area between 3rd and 6th avenue, whereas West VIllage is anything west of 6th Avenue.

    In any case, for your neighborhood restaurant dinner, I would check out Little Owl or Blue Ribbon Bakery. For your "on the go" breakfast options, I would pick up some pastries from Patisserie Claude. And for a nice neighborhood lunch, I like 'ino and maybe Lupa/Otto.

    These self guided food wanders might help:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/504515
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/445373

    1. As for our splurge meal, we are looking to eat for around $250 or so exclusive of wine.
      Yes, on the NYU and West Village areas.
      I noticed Otto- I presume this is not pure tourist?

      Thanks so much for your recommendations!

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      1. re: MrsJeffchow

        For your splurge dinner, you certainly can't go wrong with Daniel. But I would suggest you consider Eleven Madison Park, where Chef Daniel Humm's is serving exquisite French-inspired cuisine. You can do the 3-course prix-fixe for $88pp or the Winter Tasting Menu for $125pp. (The 11-course Gourmand @$175pp is well beyond your budget.) As it happens, we just did the Winter Tasting, and it is sensational! EMP's wine list is extraordinary, service is both cordial and polished, and the space is gorgeous!

        http://www.elevenmadisonpark.com

        Enjoy your visit to NYC and Bon Appetit!

      2. For a neighborhood (West Village) lunch option, I don't think you can go wrong with Mary's Fish Camp at 64 Charles St. at W. 4th St. if you like seafood.

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        Mary's Fish Camp
        64 Charles St, New York, NY 10014

        1. For a neighborhood dinner option, I highly recommend Recette -- small plate new american in the WV.

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          Recette
          328 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014