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NYC Lunch/Dinner Recommendations

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I'm going to be visiting NYC (haven't been in 10 years) for the next week from Toronto and I'm looking for some recommendations.

So far I've decided to do lunch once at Kurumazushi and dinner omakase at Yasuda. Now I'm in search for French and Italian recommendations.

Ideally, I am looking to spend about $100-$150 per person for each of these meals. I had a look at Per Se's menu and I am still on the fence whether I would pay more than $300 a person, would it be worth making the splurge?

I also want to know if there are any "must-trys" in NYC, things that I can't get in Toronto. SOme recommendations for good "cheap eats" would be nice too.

I would really appreciate it if some of you can help me out. I've spent quite some time searching but it seems like an information overload!

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  1. Does $100-150 include tax and tip? What about drinks/wine? Since you are visiting next week you might find it difficult to make reservations as the popular spots book up 3-4 weeks in advance. Are you here on a weekday or a weekend? (Some places only serve lunch on weekdays, which is why I ask.)

    Here's a recent cheap eats thread:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/635360

    New York Magazine and Time Out New York have the best street carts and cheap eats guides, respectively:
    http://nymag.com/restaurants/features...
    http://newyork.timeout.com/articles/f...

    Previously on CH:

    **Don't Leave NY Without Eating... (don't miss this thread)**
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/610739

    NYC for visitors:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/597021
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/610107
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/604369
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/605545
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/603298
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/589834

    I highly recommend RGR's self guided Lower East Side Gustatory tour:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/493333

    Best pizza in NY:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6111...

    Places under $10
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/622841

    Best brunch:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/598414