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sbkat Sep 10, 2009 07:22 PM

I'm coming to NYC this week from the West Coast. I love your city as does my husband. We have most of our dinner and lunch meals planned and reserved. I'm looking for Monday and Wednesday night recs and a couple breakfast options.

Staying within walking distance both nights would be ideal.

We're already going to enjoy Crispo, LIttle Owl, Le Bernardin, Spotted Pig and two mystery meals the hubbie has planned for Fri and Sat night.

Thanks in advance for your great advice! Kat

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    Chuck Lawrence Sep 11, 2009 06:20 PM

    Welcome to my 'hood!

    'ino for a late breakfast - get the truffled egg
    Morandi - nice in the morning, especially when the weather is good
    Village Den - solid (non-foodie) coffee shop
    Murray's Bagels - 6th Ave btw 12th and 13th St
    202 in Chelsea Market (full english breakfast)
    La Bergamote - Ninth Ave and 20th St - almond croissant
    Good - brunch - Greenwich Ave

    for dinner:
    Blue Ribbon Bakery
    Bar Pitti - expect a wait, cash only
    Snack Taverna
    Corner Bistro - burgers at the bar
    Marumi - Laguardia Place
    Rhong Tiam - Laguardia Place

    consider Chelsea - stroll or short cab:
    Grand Szechuan - 24th and 9th
    Co. - 24th and 9th

    Gottino - wine bar - Greenwich Ave
    L'Arte de Gelato - on Barrow at Seventh Ave South (there's one in Chelsea Market)


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    1. re: Chuck Lawrence
      sbkat Sep 11, 2009 08:27 PM

      Thanks so much for recs.

      Blue Ribbon Bakery. Duly noted. Will be there. Gottino, I love. Actually was there when it first opened. Will be back.
      Chelsea Market, hitting for sure.
      'ino gets nods from CH's abound, so yes, another great choice.

      Thanks for the advice NY Chowhounds.

      1. re: sbkat
        Chuck Lawrence Sep 11, 2009 08:43 PM

        Blue Ribbon Bakery

        fried chicken!

        1. re: Chuck Lawrence
          sbkat Sep 12, 2009 05:35 PM

          How does the fried chicken compare with Redhead? I love me some good fried chicken, and since it's now a rare splurge *weeping*, I don't want to blow it!

          1. re: sbkat
            Chuck Lawrence Sep 16, 2009 06:34 AM

            Never been to Redhead so I can't compare.
            Will be eager to hear your report.

    2. hcbk0702 Sep 10, 2009 09:00 PM

      I think Perry St is a standout in the WV area. Great lunch/brunch deal ($24 for 2 courses + dessert) and the food is very strong across the board. If you like Jean-Georges' style, this would be of special interest. An expansive view of the Hudson River doesn't hurt either.

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        kathryn Sep 10, 2009 07:36 PM

        Do you mean West VIllage, East VIllage, or in the center (more like NYU/Washington Square Park area)? What's your budget, including tax, tip, drinks? Are you willing to wait or do you require a reservation? How far are you willing to walk -- 10 minutes? 20 minutes? What kind of cuisines are you looking for (are you coming from LA, SF, Seattle, Portland)?

        For breakfast, have you seen this thread?

        In the West Village area, my favorites are Blue Ribbon Bakery, Jane, Perilla, and 'ino. Morandi is good but I haven't been there in a while. Little Owl has brunch, too, as does Spotted Pig.

        See also:

        Top food recs in the West Village

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        1. re: kathryn
          sam1 Sep 10, 2009 08:43 PM

          kathryn....those are my favorite too!

          why not add some sushi to the mix with a great meal at ushiwakamaru on houston?

          1. re: kathryn
            sbkat Sep 10, 2009 08:47 PM

            We're staying right around Horatio and 8th. We are avid walkers, so WV, EV and Chelsea are just fine. Coming from Central Coast/Santa Barbara.

            Last visit included Perilla (loved it!) and had brunch the last visit at Jane. Food was okay, but the service was odd. The waiter spilled an entire glass of water on our table and seemed perplexed as to what to do. I wouldn't go back.

            'ino looks great. Thanks for the breakfast and WV threads.

            Reservations are not necessary, we're pretty easy going food loving folk. Both in the restaurant business half our lives, so we live to eat, not eat to live!

            1. re: kathryn
              sbkat Sep 12, 2009 05:33 PM

              Thanks for the brunch info - I didn't know Little Owl or Spotted Pig served brunch. Good to know. Blue Ribbon is on the list - how does their sushi fare? Can't really get a feel for it online. Heard the bakery is good as you recommend.

              1. re: sbkat
                kathryn Sep 14, 2009 08:19 PM

                Blue Ribbon Sushi (different spot that Bakery or Brasserie) in Soho has OK nigiri, pretty good rolls, and pretty good cooked food. But you want really pristine fish, perfect rice, perfect saucing, etc. for your nigiri, go elsewhere.

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