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Mar 4, 2009 03:43 PM

Lunch and...Dinner and...

Okay you all have made some great suggestions about food...I have some picks and some reservations but...We've been to NYC a few times and sort of end up doing the same things, the big museums, Broadway theatre, the Park...So I was wondering if you might suggest something Saturday dinner and...or Sunday brunch and...or even an off Broadway show for Saturday...this Saturday...just looking for something NYC that we have overlooked...we're a little old for clubbing but jazz would work...thanks in advance.

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  1. it would help if we knew the picks & reservations you've already made to avoid duplicates. price ranges and cuisine preferences would also be useful.

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      We are doing a late Friday lunch at the Gramercy Tavern...have put off doing it for a few trips. Then likely something light and fast before seeing the theatre, Impressionism, that night or maybe something afterward. Lunch on Saturday is open but likely we will go to the MET Museum in the morning and then off to a matinee of God of Carnage. Or we might go to the Whitney in the morning...want to see the show, Synthetic, on acrylics. Then we are going to the Four Seasons because my wife is an architecture hound and has been wanting to eat in Phillip Johnson's building for ages...and they have their annaversary menu so it won't cost and arm and leg for old schoolish food. So debating about brunch Sunday and something to do afterward...we don't fly out till 9:00. Was thinking about working in the Armory Art Show...maybe do a fun brunch near Peer 94 and do the show in the afternoon.

    2. If you love jazz check out the Village Vanguard on 7th Ave South in the West Village- for jazz fans it's almost a shrine- no food, only booze, but all the greats have played here- from Charlie Parker and Miles Davis on up. It's a small triangular shped room- every seart is good and the sound qualityfabulous. For jazz with edible food, I suggest Birdland on 44th between 8 and 9th Ave- (Iridium - another midtown jazz spot also has food but I like the vibe at Birdland).
      One of my favorite things is to go to Birldand on Sunday nights for the Arturo O"Farrell Afro-Cuban Jazz Orcheastra- a regular gig for years. Really fun.

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      1. re: Ann900

        I've only had drinks (average and expensive) and dessert (good!) at Birdland. How is their savory food? Btw, yes, it's a great place to hear jazz, wonderful acoustics in that room.

      2. For a dinner combo of jazz and bbq, there's Jazz Standard, on 27th St., b/t Lex & Park Av. S. It's downstairs from Blue Smoke, which supplies the food.

        You might consider having brunch/lunch at Cafe Sabarsky, located in the Neue Galerie, on the corner of 5th Av. & 86th St. After you finish enjoying the delicious Austrian cuisine, you can check out this small, interesting museum which specializes in Austrian art.

        Another excellent option is the Sunday smorgasbord brunch at Aquavit, on 55th St., b/t Park & Madison. It's a field day for anyone who likes herring, salman, and smoked fish. MoMA is a short walk away.

        On Saturday, there's a robotics show at the Javitz Center. For lunch before or dinner afterwards, I highly recommend Osteria Gelsi, on the corner of 9th Av. & 38th Sts. Delicious Pugliese cuisine and pleasing atmospheric.

        Enjoy your visit to NYC and Bon Appetit!

        P.S. Have you done my (in)famous self-guided LES noshing tour? If not, here's the link:

        1. In no particular order...
          Birdland 315 W 44th St. New York, NY 212-581-3080
          55 Bar 55 Christopher St. 212-929-9883
          le poisson rouge 158 Bleecker St. 212-796-0741
          Smalls 183 W 10th St. 212-929-7565
          B.B. King Blues Club & Grill 237 W 42nd St. 212-997-4144
          Jazz at Lincoln Center ( Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola) 60th St. & Broadway 212-258-9800
          Blue Note 131 W 3rd St. 212-475-8592
          Jazz Standard 116 E 27th St. 212-576-2232
          Village Vanguard 178 7th Ave S (212) 255-4037

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          1. re: Rmis32

            Thanks to all. Great suggestions. And we have done the Neue Galerie and thought it was just great. and then had a coffee and snack in the Cafe. It's a great idea for a brunch on Sunday...if they do. I'll check out you LES tour RGR. I have to check out who's playing at the various clubs. Looks like it is warming up a bit and I just love walking in NYC so really looking forward to it.