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We're doing 5 nights in NY with a play one night. Some preliminary thoughts and appreciate any advice:

Tuesday - pre Theatre (Blue Fin, Per Se Salon - other ideas?)
Wednesday - Quality Meats or Little Owl (have tried the Little Owl)
Thursday - Momofuku Noodle Bar (fried chicken)
Friday - Maialino, Babbo or Locande Verde (have tried Babbo)

I'm leaning towards Quality Meats (welcome any other steak ideas) and possibly doing the Little Owl for lunch since I've had dinner there. For Italian, thinking Maialino as we've tried Babbo (but loved it) and we're not coming until March so they should have time to work out the bugs.

Separately, we've never tried the Waverly Inn, but I feel like we'd be treated as second class citizens since we're not celebs.

For lunches we're thinking of: EMP and possibly Peter Lugers (never have had the burger). We've never been over to Brooklyn, so not sure if there's a cool little shopping area with a good lunch restaurant which is easily accessible by subway.

Thanks for the thoughts.

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      1. > Tuesday - pre Theatre (Blue Fin, Per Se Salon - other ideas?)

        Blue Fin is not that great and a little overpriced. Nice atmosphere and location, though. Why not consider Esca or Le Bernardin (assuming you can get in) if you want great seafood?

        > Wednesday - Quality Meats or Little Owl (have tried the Little Owl)

        Can you explain your rationale for narrowing it down between these two? I like the Little Owl but wouldn't rush back. My favorite steakhouse to bring out of towners to is Keens.

        > Thursday - Momofuku Noodle Bar (fried chicken)

        I'd recommend a backup plan in case you don't get in (this is a VERY hot reservation). I'd recommend at least 6 people otherwise you're going to have a lot of fried chicken leftover. What about Redhead? Amy Ruth's?

        > Friday - Maialino, Babbo or Locande Verde (have tried Babbo)

        I've been to all three, I'd still say that Babbo is my favorite, although Maialino is good (but hasn't yet hit its stride--I'd give it more like 6 months to work out the bugs, and also the portions are on the small size). Have you considered Scarpetta?

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        1. re: kathryn

          Kathryn - good thoughts and bad typo on my part (I think my Starbucks hadn't seeped in yet). Love the Little Owl so think I'll hit there for lunch one day.

          Tuesday (pre-theatre) - Craft or sushi recommendation (Nobu or great sushi but casual). Figure we can either eat near hotel (Union square) and grab subway to show or eat around Broadway. Never eaten anywhere in Time Warner so also considering Per Se Salon.

          Wednesday is going to be steak night so thinking: Quality Meats, Peter Luger or Landmarc

          Thursday - Momofuku - hoping friend's Black AMEX will help

          Friday - Italian night - Scarpetta looked a little odd to me. May have to try Maialino since won't be back for awhile, but agree love Babbo. Uhockey - Convivio looks great and my friend getting married hasn't been so I'm going to take her for a celebratory lunch.

          Too bad we're not staying a month!

          1. re: teejaymoore

            > Tuesday (pre-theatre) - Craft or sushi recommendation (Nobu or great sushi but casual).

            Craft's menu is pretty heavy, I think I'd fall asleep during the show! Where is your theatre located? It's best to dine relatively nearby and not rely on mass transit or taxis to get you to the theatre on time.

            > Thursday - Momofuku - hoping friend's Black AMEX will help

            The reservations are entirely online, not sure if they AMEX concierge will be able to do anything, unless you're recruiting them to join you in the 10am click-wars?

            Scarpetta is fantastic and a bit more buzzy, hip, and interesting than Maialino. And their spaghetti is one of the best things I ate in 2009. That said, the suckling pig at Maialino was great, but also huge. I'd hate for some to go to waste because you're staying at a hotel, etc.

            1. re: kathryn

              Thanks Kathryn!! You're advice seems right up my alley. May have to do a Scarpetta/ Maialino comparison. Agree on Craft so thinking we'll find some good sushi nearby.

        2. Unless you have reservations for the Momofuku for the Fried Chicken (there are only three or five reservations per day depending on what day) you won't get there. Its online only and books one month in advance, to the date.

          For steak, I'd skip Quality Meats and go for either Keens or Strip House.

          If you want sushi pre-theatre near your hotel in Union Sq, I'd say go to 15 East. Great sushi, sit at the bar and let Chef Masato select the pieces. They also have great soba there too.

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          1. re: ESNY

            There are a lot more then one reservation per day for the Fried Chicken Meal at Noodle Bar. I just checked and it looks like there are 25 per week. Three Sunday thru Thursday and five on Friday and Saturday.

            1. re: KTinNYC

              Now that I reread what I wrote, You're right. I fixed it. Not sure where I originally came up with one. I should've known this i've eaten the fried chicken dinner and was the one that made the reservation. There is an early shift and a late shift for tables, the early tables are 5 and 6ish and the late reservations I think start at 10pm

          2. i haven't been to Keens or Luger, but Striphouse is the best steakhouse I've been to. (others include Smith and wollensky, mortons, ruth chris's, old homestead, and willet house (westchester)). If you go to Striphouse I highly recommend you ordering the corn with pancetta and their bone in ribeye. You might not like the atmosphere of striphouse, the tables are like right next to each other.