Husband's First Time in NYC - Need Good Food
NYC is near and dear to my heart and would move there if I wasn't already embedded in my suburban midwest life (that I also love, btw). In any event, my husband has finally agreed to go to NYC with me and I want to make sure we have good meals on our long weekend. This is what I have/need so far:
-Breakfast (Diner style):
Clinton St. Baking Copany
Joe's Pizza on Carmine
NY Pizza Suprema
-Italian restaurant - dinner
We don't typically like to really expensive dinners with exotic plates (husband is less adventurous, if you know what I mean). I tend to like off the beaten path, non-touristy type restaurants. I've been to Emelio Balatto's several times and think it's just OK (food wise), but I love the idea of it (small, relatively unknown, good atmosphere).
Any help would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on your great city!
Re: steak. I highly recommend Keen, a quintessential NYC steakhouse, which has been in its 36th St. location since 1885. Thus, in addition to delicious steaks, chops (including their legendary mutton chop), sides, etc, and excellent service, there is the unmatchable Old NY ambiance -- walls covered with authentic American memorabilia and row-upon-row of old clay smoking pipes suspended from all the ceilings. Plus, there are pipes belonging to famous people dating back to the 19th century displayed in cases in the vestibule.
I like I Trulli well enough. It has a lovely back garden for warm weather dining, and if you stick with the handmade pastas, you'll be fine. That said, I would suggest you consider Scarpetta and Convivio. While hardly unknown, both have food that is superior to I Trulli's.
Pre-theater: Marseille and West Bank Cafe are too very good options.
Do you definitely want two Italian dinners? I would swap Paprika with The Redhead. It's not Italian but it is in the EV which is why I thought of it when I saw Paprika. They just received a star in the NYT.
I would also skip one of the slice pizza joints and head to Keste or Jim Lahey's Co.. For variation if nothing else.
349 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003
Keste Pizza & Vino
271 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014