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Feb 27, 2009 07:27 AM

Weekend food by district

Let me first say that I'm sure much of this is out there but in searching the site I found it hard to parse out the info with key words so if this is repetitious I beg forgiveness up front.

We are going to be in Manhattan next weekend, Friday to Sunday, and have searched the site but would love get something more specific to us. We are going to be doing a lot of theatre so was thinking lunches and maybe early dinners, maybe late ones. Also we were thinking of new and interesting vs. upscale and expensive, a little adventure. Although something upscale at lunch if it seems like a value/same kitchen kind of thing.

So we are staying around 43rd and Second Ave and a rec for a breakfast place would be great. We also seem to find ourselves at the hotel at 6:00 after running around thinking about dinner before the theatre so anything between 2nd and the Theatre district we could hit on our way. We will likely hit the MET so a lunch near there and MOMA is another destination. The Theatre district for early/late dinner with a twist.

Also is there a rec for a Friday, Saturday evening place for jazz and decent food later in the evening. Or a jazz brunch combo for Sunday.

My thanks in advance for those taking the time to reply.

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  1. Jazz & dinner: Jazz Standard (beneath Blue Smoke)
    Bluegrass brunch: Nolita House

    1. Presuming you are referring to the Met Museum (and not the Met at Lincoln Center), my lunch rec would be Cafe Boulud, on 76th St., b/t Madison & 5th Av. It is 4-star chef Daniel Boulud's second-tier restaurant, but the cuisine is first-rate! Lunch is served Tues. - Sat. I'm pretty sure that in addition to the a la carte menu, they have a well-priced prix-fixe, but I don't know the current cost.

      Since you are staying near 2nd & 43rd, I suggest you seriously consider having dinner at Convivio, on Tudor City Pl., b/t 42nd & 43rd Sts. Delicious Italian cuisine served in a very attractive space with a vibe that's properly described by the restaurant's name -- conivial. The 4-course prix-fixe for $59 is an excellent value for cuisine of such high caliber.

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      1. re: RGR

        Great suggestions. I had thought of Cafe Boulud because it was the museum so nice to have it confirmed. The other is right around the corner.

        1. re: Tdotfoodguy

          We would also be interested in a suggestion for a great place to drop in for a martini around the hotel at 43rd and 2nd. Pre dinner or late aftenoon refresher.

          1. re: Tdotfoodguy

            Perhaps, the Blue Bar, at the legendary Algonquin Hotel, on 44th St., b/t 5th & 6th Avs.? I don't drink, but acc. to the Classic Coctails menu on their website, they serve a "James Bond Martini."

            Blue Bar info is here (Scroll down):

            Classic Cocktails Menu:

            1. re: RGR

              That is an interesting idea. I'm old enough to appreciate the Algonquin Round Table. Thanks

              1. re: RGR

                Also while I'm flitting about the internet I have been checking out the Restaurant Week restaurants and was wondering if any of them are worth checking out.

                1. re: Tdotfoodguy

                  The RW extension was supposed to last until the end of February, but there has just been an announcement that it has been extended again until March 20th. And there are some restaurants which are going well beyond that, i.e., until September or even the end of the year.

                  We recently had a superb RW dinner at Apriary, on 3rd Av., near 11th St. Rustic New American cuisine from Chef Scott Bryan, formerly of the much more upscale Veritas. Service at Apiary is cordial and efficient. Pleasant contemporary decor.


                  Aquavit, on 55th St., b/t Park & Madison, serves superb Scandinavian-inspired cuisine. We haven't tried the RW dinner menu, but a Hound recently posted positive things about it.


                  Though we haven't yet been to Atria, on 54th St., b/t 5th & 6th Avs., I've heard very good things about the cuisine, including the RW dinner menu.


                  Keep in mind that RW menus are generally not served on Saturday. Some restaurants are including Sunday.