First Visit to NYC - 3 Nights & 2 Days - HELLPP
Hello Everyone, I am bringing my Girlfriend to NYC for her birthday. We live in the Toronto area. We have 3 nights and 2 days and really want to experience, as much as our short time permits, the flavour of New York City. We are staying on Lexington near Central Park. We love to walk and also have no problem cabbing it or taking the subway.
I would like to experience a "real" New York Deli. I have heard of Katz's. Is that THE place to go? Aside from that, all suggestions are very welcome. I won't say that price is not important as the Canadian dollar is not doing well against the USD right now but, if it is worth it, I will pay it.
So, please tell me how to best enjoy the flavours of New York in the short time we have.
What is the most you are willing to spend on a given meal, including tax, tips, and drinks? Any cuisine preferences? Any avoids or allergies? Are you looking for anything in particular? The area you are staying in is definitely one of the more expensive neighborhoods in NYC so it is good that you are willing to venture outside of the immediate area.
For the greatest hits of NYC, my list would probably be:
Bagels and smoked salmon
Black and white cookies
Halal chicken and rice
Pastrami on rye with mustard (Katz's)
Pickles (including quarter sours, half sours)
Recession special with papaya juice from Gray's
A beer from McSorley's
Egg and cheese sandwich from a street cart (not gourmet or of great quality but the everyday breakfast of many a New Yorker)
Freshly baked bread (Sullivan Street, Grandaisy, etc.)
Lunch at Jean Georges (not on Sundays, make sure you are in the formal room)
Shack burger from Shake Shack
A properly made cocktail (fresh juices, etc). from Death & Co
One of Mario Batali's restaurants (Otto or Lupa for the budget minded)
One of Danny Meyer's restaurants (maybe the front room at Gramercy Tavern)
I highly recommend RGR's self guided Lower East Side Gustatory tour:
Good foodie shopping:
Essential eats for visitors:
I agree with everything on that list and would add:
Smoked fish platter - Barney Greengrass
Champagne cocktail at Cipriani then walking a few feet to Grand Central Oyster Bar for some oysters.
Something cheesy at Artisanal
Caviar at Petrossian
Greek Salad at a diner
Drink and tour of Fraunces Tavern
Lunch at the Boathouse
Breakfast at Balthazar
High Tea at the Pierre
Drink at Oak Bar in the Plaza
I'm a big fan of an egg & cheese sandwich but I have to say that anytime I was forced to eat at a breakfast cart I usually took one bite, or sip, then went looking for the nearest waste basket.
I don't know why I thought of this but you could try eating at La Flor, or Donovan's in Woodside, Queens. From your hotel walk to E 59 Street (if you are staying near 57 St) and take an M32 bus over the Queensboro Bridge. Even at rush hour the ride to Woodside runs about 20 minutes and you will love the view. La Flor can be terrific if you stick with the specials and not the menu. Donovan's is the best place to get a great hamburger and a perfectly poured pint of Guinness.
La Flor is on the corner of 53 Street and Roosevelt Ave not far from where the bus ducks underneath the elevated train. Donovan's is one or two stops beyond La Flor at 58 Street. The return bus is across the street and runs every ten minutes.
Yes, Katz's is the place to go for pastrami, and if you decide to get another sandwich and don't want to get two pastrami sandwiches, go for the brisket. Ask for your sandwich(es) to be juicy, make sure to tip the counterman at least $1 per sandwich, and don't lose the ticket you'll be given upon entry. If you're on Lexington Av., you can take the 6 train to Bleecker and either walk from there to Ludlow St. and Houston or change for the F or V and take those one stop to 1st Av. for a shorter walk.
Nice list, kathryn.
Yes, that is a great list. Thank you both for your suggestions and your directions. In answer to one question posed, I believe in getting value for my food dollar. If a dinner costs $250 and it is worth it, I will pay it. If I can pay $100 for a great dinner, so much the better. Toronto is very ethnicly diverse when it comes to food and that is why I was looking for places that scream out "You are in NYC" when I visit them. They don't have to be fancy and in fact I prefer more down to earth places than really fancy ones. Bottom line. They have to be good.
Drinks at the Top of the Tower in the Beekman Hotel 50th St and 1st Ave, the view is spectacular in all directions. Take a ride on the tram to Roosevelt Island and back
Well, the big weekend has finally arrived. Looking forward to reporting back to all of you as to how we did. Thanks again for your input and please post any last minute suggestions.