Weekend Visit in March - Looking for suggestions
We are going to be in NYC in March and are trying to plan a reasonably comprehensive eating tour. We like interesting food, non-chains, reasonably quiet if possible, no real budget concerns, good service is highly preferred. We are looking for a range of experiences. Not really into fussy food (no foam), but fusion is fine. We are staying around Times Square and have theater tickets two nights and can eat either before and after (light each time) or just late. Going to be lunching around the Met/Natural History one day (probably Saturday). Looking for a good brunch place for Sunday - have a 2 pm matinee up near Central Park. Thoughts on places we have choosen/ideas. We may also be up near Columbia late one morning. Thanks so much.
Friday: Carnegie Deli - lunch
Keen's Pub - dinner
Serendipity (after play for dessert)
Saturday: ideas include (Public, Shun Lee, Breslin Bar, Maialio)
Brunch - open (considering Bar American, one of the Momafuko establishments, dim sum)
Dinner Jean George
Monday - good breakfast place near Times Square/deli - or any place we could stop on the way out to JFK
Jean Georges (the formal restaurant) does not serve dinner on Sunday. However, the more casual Nougatine does. The food is delicious, service is excellent, and the ambiance is very pleasant.
Photos of one of our dinners at Nougatine, including interior shots: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...
> We are staying around Times Square and have theater tickets two nights and can eat either before and after (light each time) or just late.
For a pre-theatre meal, definitely stay close to your theater. You don't want to risk missing the curtain because another party is occupying your table, or the kitchen is slow, or your train is delayed, or there's a lot of traffic if you're trying to get to midtown via cab. What days are you going to the theatre? It's a lot easier to make recommendations if you can give a firmer sense of what you're planning around. Reservations highly recommended if you want to eat before the show.
> We may also be up near Columbia late one morning.
Do you have any idea when? So you want to dine before your Columbia visit?
> Keen's Pub - dinner
Do you mean the bar in Keens or one of the dining rooms?
> Serendipity (after play for dessert)
I'd skip it and go elsewhere. Maybe Sweet Revenge, if you're into cupcakes. They have table service, if you want to go somewhere to sit down and be waited on.
> Saturday: ideas include (Public, Shun Lee, Breslin Bar, Maialio)
For Saturday lunch, most places on the UWS will be serving brunch, BTW, and will be very busy. There are many options up there, for example, you could stop into the UWS location of Shake Shack. Or you could dine at Jean Georges for lunch (they serve a lunch prix fixe Monday - Saturday).
For Saturday dinner, were you choosing between Public, Shun Lee, The Breslin, or Maialino? Or were you trying to choose between these for brunch? Wasn't super impressed with dim sum brunch at Shun Lee or breakfast at the Breslin, but I really liked brunch at Public. Haven't brunched yet at Maialino.
If this is for dinner, why these four? How did you come to this list? Note that the Breslin doesn't take reservations so you could be waiting a LONG time to eat.
> Brunch - open (considering Bar American, one of the Momafuko establishments, dim sum)
Bar Americain, Momofuku (which one?), or dim sum (in Chinatown?), doesn't exactly leave you close to Central Park BTW. Momofuku Noodle Bar and Momofuku Ssam Bar both serve "brunch" but don't have the usual pancakes, french toast, etc. dishes. I'm not really sure what you're looking for based upon your three choices.
> Dinner Jean George
As RGR mentioned, Jean Georges does not serve dinner in the formal room on Sundays, only in the Nougatine (casual) room. I would move this to another day.
Thanks for the heads up on Jean George. Totally spaced that there were no Sunday hours. Will try for a late reservation after one of our plays.
For the Saturday options they were just places that sounded interesting. As yet no plans. Will now hopefully end up at Jean George for dinner - which means we will need something for Sunday night- and since we have no play we can go anywhere and spend as much time as needed.
Was actually just thinking Shun Lee for regular lunch. Did not know they did dim sum, but liked them for dinner.
Brunch does not need to be traditional - anything is great.
Thanks for the feedback.