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My 7 day plan - your suggestions?

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Hey guys, I'm coming to NYC in about a week and working on a budget, with my only $$ meals being at Babbo and Momofuku Ssam Bar. I've made a bit of an outline and would lovelovelove your thoughts or suggestions!!

Sat:
Lunch at the Chicken n rice cart, hitting up the MOMA, then
Dinner at the Burger Joint or Cafe Habana

Sun:
First meal of lobster rolls at the Brooklyn Flea, maybe stop off for some DiFara's before we head off to Brighton Beach for some Russian food for lunch (my DC is Russian and this is a must-stop!)
Then, off to the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and was thinking Caracas/Crif Dogs for dinner - really looking for any suggestions this night!

Mon:
Breakfast at Katz for pastrami then a stop at Russ & Daughters for some smoked fish.
Checking out Grand Central and stopping off at the Oyster bar for some oysters, and some oyster po boys or other sandwiches.
Dinner at Momofuku Ssam Bar.

Tues:
Starting off at Patsy's, then going up North for the Cloisters, back down for the Museum of Natural History - maybe going to Amy Ruth's.
No plans for dinner!

Wed:
Shopsins then after a tour of Ellis Island going to Margon,
Eventually Babbo for dinner. I'm thinking of passing up on the tasting menus to indulge in offal. I'm thinking the tripe, lambs tongue, lamb brain ravioli, sweetbreads, unless the tasting menus are really that good...

Thurs:
Zabars to try their lox/bagel special, then Ippudo for lunch. Nothing planned for dinner but will probably be in SoHo or LES for shopping... suggestions?

Then gone Friday early afternoon!
HELP! I'm looking for more affordable choices and not-to-miss. I've been searching the boards but would love more reccs. Oops, I'm here for less than 7 days...

Thanks!

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  1. thoughts -

    i prefer the lamb to the chicken at the halal carts

    i liek caracas arepas, but really think of them as drinking food. i get them to go, and walk west to blue and gold tavern for some of the cheapest drinks in a friendly dive bar. (ok full disclosure - if i've gone to caracas, i've already been at blue and gold for a while and a few of their $3-4 dollar drinks, and then get the areapas..)

    crif dogs is the opposite. if i'm eating at crif dogs it is because im getting drinks at PDT - the "hidden" bar behind crif. and then i might wait til im inside to get the special crif dogs designed by top chefs they have inside PDT

    so, for me, the choice between caracas and crif is whether i'm looking for gourmet cocktails at $15 a pop, or cheap drinks at $4.

    I know it's heresy, but patsy's doesn't do it for me. the few times i've gone i wasn't impressed, so at best i can say they are inconsistent and i'm unlucky.

    1. >First meal of lobster rolls at the Brooklyn Flea, maybe stop off for some DiFara's before we head off to Brighton Beach for some Russian food for lunch (my DC is Russian and this is a must-stop!)

      Technically this is Outer Boroughs material, but I have to warn you that the length of this itinerary might be more than you anticipate. On Sundays, the Flea is at the Brooklyn Bridge from 11am to 6pm. It will take 40 minutes or so to get to Di Fara. Di Fara often has a wait so I would budget about 1-2 hrs there if there are no slices ready! It will be particularly busy because it's a weekend. Just a warning.

      > Then, off to the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and was thinking Caracas/Crif Dogs for dinner - really looking for any suggestions this night!

      UCB in Chelsea is way on the other side of town compared to Caracas and Crif Dogs which are on the East Village. It might be more convenient to do something in the neighborhood like Grand Sichuan International or Co aka Company for pizza.

      1. I definitely concur with lamb over chicken at the Halal carts.

        <Tues:
        Starting off at Patsy's, then going up North for the Cloisters, back down for the Museum of Natural History - maybe going to Amy Ruth's.
        No plans for dinner!>

        Cafe Sabarsky on 86th (?) and 5th has wonderful Viennese food and is a great place for lunch. I realize it's on the wrong side of the Park for Natural History, but it really is delicious.

        Babbo -- the pasta is really not to be missed. Especially if you haven't had it. Make your own "tasting menu" and don't miss the Pappardelle Bolognese. Maybe the best rendition of this I've ever had.

        1. Make a reservation where ever possible. Note that some of your desitinations do not take reservation and can have very long lines (DiFara, Shopsin's). Have alternatives unless you don't mind spending your vacation waiting in line. I usually go at off-peak hours to avoid the lines and it sometimes help.

          Sun: You can do better than Crif Dogs/Caracas. If you're going to cross the city to the East Village anyway, hit Momofuku Noodle Bar (Different menu than Ssam and more affordable but as good. Last weekend I had one of the best meals of my life there). I haven't been but Pomme Frites is adored by a lot of people. Also, Seoul Station looks interesting.

          Tue: If you'll make it to Difara, I'd suggest skipping Patsy's unless you really love pizza more than anything else. In East Harlem go to Cafe Ollin for cemitas and tacos.
          Near the AMNH there's a Shake Shack branch, Fatty Crab, and Grom for gelato.

          Babbo: Assortment of gelati and sorbetti for dessert.

          Missing from your list:
          Indian: Saravanas - veggie and affordable. Tadka - Same owners as Chola but not as expensive.
          Bahn Mi: Sau Voi is my current favorite in Manhattan.
          Thai: Sripraphai in Queens. My overall favorite restaurant in the city. Closed Wed.
          Chinese: Go to flushing.

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          1. re: ow77

            I happen to like Caracas a lot, I absolutely love Ssam, and I agree that the east village is a treaure trove of great food. On and around St. Mark's alone is a day's eating for me sometimes.

            As for DiFara, one trick I use sometimes is to arrive before they open by about 20 minutes and start a line outside the door. Better a short wait with a guaranteed hot and fresh slice or three than the alternative. They are very close to the subway and there is a place right across the street to grab a cup of coffee if you are too early.

            If you don't get to Difara, then on Thursday you will be a short subway ride from Keste on Bleeker St, in the village, and while it is a completely different thing, Keste is one of the best pizzas I've ever eaten. Heck, I might even do both, but that's just me. Also, while shopping in Soho, you must stop in at Kee's Chocolates, if only just to taste one truffle.

            I would skip Amy Ruth's altogether. My favorite cheap thing to do after a long day at the Musueam of Nat Hist is to walk through Central Park to the east side and then downtown a bit to get in line for the best chicken and rice cart in the city. Warning - I love to walk and this is definately a hike. Otherwise, you could walk a short distance west to Amsterdam/Broadway and take advantage of the newly resurgent UWS food scene with a choice of Fatty Crab, Salumeria Rossi, and more. I would get a porchetta at Rossi and then grab a cookie at Levain nearby.