Help/judge my 3-day food itinerary for mid-November
I'll be in NYC for 4 nights in mid Nov., and based on all of the excellent discussions on this board, here's what I've come up with so far. Let me know what you think. Anything I should definitely change/skip/add? We're definitely "budget minded," but don't mind spending extra for a good meal or two...
After arriving on midweek evening and checking in to hotel in Financial District near Brooklyn Bridge, we plan on walking over the bridge to Grimaldi's for the pizza. Wouldn't mind walking/subway for a good dessert after this before heading back to the hotel. Any suggestions?
Next day's breakfast at Clinton St. Bakery. Lunch will be depending on where we are on our see-as-much-as-possible touring day, so that's kind of open. If close by one, we're thinking Shake Shack (or Crif Dogs, if close). Supper that night will be pre-theater at either Uncle Nick's or Uncle Nick's Ouzaria - which do you suggest? Then for snacks after the theater, we're planning on going to Pommes Frites for the salty and Chikalicous for the sweet.
Next day's breakfast is open or at hotel, lunch is Katz (pastrami), followed by a walk past (thru) Economy Candy on our way to Sugar Sweet Sunshine for dessert. Supper that night is pre-Madison Square Garden sports event, so we're going to try out Szechuan Gourmet. Again, any must hit dessert place after the Garden that you'd suggest?
Next day's breakfast is open, possibly Balthazar or Donut Plant & Kossar's. Lunch will be the burger at Peter Luger's, and we're still looking for supper on this (Saturday) night.
Suggestions needed! We're not big travelers by any stretch of the imagination, so not sure what to expect at all. At the places I've listed so far, any dress codes to worry about? Any reservations needed at any of these places? Have read so much about Momofuku ssam and Milk. Maybe here Sat night? Any other MUST HIT place, or somewhere you'd change/drop/add? Thanks again for your suggestions.
Madison Ave and E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010
123 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
Sugar Sweet Sunshine
126 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002
113 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009
108 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002
382 8th Ave, New York, NY 10001
244 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019
This probably really should be in the Outer Boroughs Board, but for your dessert after Grimaldi's, I would stay in Brooklyn and go to either Almondine Bakery or Jacques Torres. A lot of hounds like Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory but it's really not my thing as I'm more of a gelato fan.
After your MSG event,dessert options are really minimal in that area. You can call Keen's and see if they'll let you stop by for dessert. Or perhaps you can order dessert at Keen's Pub Room (where there are no reservations). You would probably be better off heading down to the Village where you would have more options.
350 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014
Thanks for the tip on Kossar's. Saturday night we're still wide open on which cuisine, other than not really looking for any Mexican/Southwest foods, as we have those here at home... From what I've mentioned above (and what's left out), what would you suggest? We do enjoy seafood, and that's something we don't get much of here in the desert. But it doesn't ahve to be seafood... Any essential NY only place we need to hit? Thanks for your help!
Wth the exception of the Bo Ssam feast for six people or more, Ssam Bar does not take reservations. In the evening, the place is a zoo, and the noise level is hideously LOUD! But if that won't deter you, give it a shot. Imo, the steamed buns are the "don't miss" item on the menu.
Pearl Oyster Bar, in the Village, is a good place for seafood. We were there in June for the lobster roll. Not inexpensive, but it was delicious. You can see photos here:
Pearl does not take reservations. We went for a late lunch, so we got a table immediately. However, during prime time, the wait to be seated can be very long.
Since you are staying in the FiDi, if you want to do a splurge, the recently opened SHO Shaun Hergatt has been deservedly garnering universal raves. The dinner we had there was sensational! The 3-course prix fixe is $69 -- an absolute steal (by NYC standards) for cuisine of such extraordinarily high caliber. Service is stellar, and the ambiance is lovely. Jackets are not required.
Photos of our meal and the space can be seen here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...
Pearl Oyster Bar
18 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014
SHO Shaun Hergatt
40 Broad St, New York, NY 10004