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Visiting the city the week of December 14th to indulge in food and shopping. Here is my current list of reservations. I'd love any input as to whether any do not belong or if there is something great I should try. I'll be staying at the bowery hotel so anything within 20 minutes is fair game. Thnx.

Monday
Lunch: Motorino
Dinner: Perilla

Tuesday
Lunch: The Little Owl
Dinner: 15 East

Wednesday
Lunch: The Modern - Bar Room
Dinner: Convivio

Thursday
Lunch: Ippudo NY
Dinner: 10 Downing

Others on my list to try and fit in are: Locanda Verde, Degustation and Boqueria Soho

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  1. Decent line-up. Weakest link is 10 Downing. Yet another chef there.

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    1. re: chow_gal

      second weakest is Perilla, I find it boring. I also might consider exchanging the bar at the modern for the lunch special at Jean Georges...

    2. Definitely try to include Locanda Verde and Degustation. I'd also keep Perilla on the list. I've enjoyed 10 Downing but haven't been recently and was not aware of the chef change. Maybe a little more research is needed. You might also want to consider Aldea.

      1. I've enjoyed my meals at Locanda Verde, Degustation, etc. more than my meals at Little Owl, which is a pleasant and solid neighborhood favorite, but nothing more than that. It's certainly not as ambitious as the others on your list.

        1. I've made some changes that I'm pretty happy about. Any last ideas before I confirm?

          Monday
          Lunch: Motorino or Lombardi's
          Dinner: Scarpetta

          Tuesday
          Lunch: The Little Owl
          Dinner: 15 East

          Wednesday
          Lunch: The Modern - Bar Room
          Dinner: Convivio

          Thursday
          Lunch: Casa Mono
          Dinner: SHO Shaun Hergatt

          Friday
          Lunch: Ippudo NY

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          1. re: dparaskakis

            Sounds like you have a great line-up. Definitely Motorino over Lombardi's. Does motorino do lunch? I've only ever had dinner there.

            Let me go on record as saying drop Convivio from your line-up. I personally found it to be a little less good than the hype surrounding it. If you're going to Scarpetta there's no need for Convivo as well, since they have a similar "heritage." Scott Conant was there and his influence over the menu is still pretty strong.. Wednesday would be a good slot for Degustation.

            Prepare to wait for Ippudo, even at lunch.

            1. re: egit

              Yes, they do lunch now!
              http://slice.seriouseats.com/archives...

              1. re: egit

                "If you're going to Scarpetta there's no need for Convivo as well, since they have a similar "heritage." Scott Conant was there and his influence over the menu is still pretty strong."

                That's baloney! Other than that they are both Italian, Michael White's style of cuisine is not remotely like Scott Conant's. Thus, there is not even a sliver of Conant's influence on the menu at Convivio or, for that matter, at Alto, where Conant was the original chef.

                1. re: RGR

                  Well I've only been to Convivio once, and it was probably a year ago. So I'm not prepared to argue whether or not they're similar. RGR is probably correct.

                  But I still stand by my opinion that Scarpetta is the better restaurant of the two. If I were in the OP's position, I would opt for Scarpetta over Convivo and pick one of the alternates. But again... it's only my opinion and there's no need to fight. :-)

                  1. re: egit

                    When Michael White took over what was then L'Impero, there were some holdovers from Conant's menu. That often happens when a new chef comes on board until his or her own menu is implemented, which can take a few months. So, it's possible that you were there during that intermediate time period. White's own menu was already in place when the decision was made to close L'Impero, refurbish, and change the name to Convivio, at which point, White also retooled the entire again.

                    Imo, Scarpetta is not the better of the two. Both are excellent, each in its own way.

                2. re: egit

                  Motorino not only serves lunch, they are running a pretty good special M-F: $12 for your choice between 4 pizzas, and either salad or the soft serve of the day.
                  http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/... (Scroll to bottom)

                3. re: dparaskakis

                  Looks good, but don't go to Lombardi's; it's a tourist trap now. Motorino or Kesté would be great choices for Neapolitan pizza. NB: they are relatively expensive, small, and rather "wet" (as extra virgin olive oil is generously applied) pizzas, but excellent if you like the style.