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Feb 24, 2010 12:34 PM

Would love some feedback on planned restaurants.

My husband and I are going on a last minute long weekend to New York next week. I would love any suggestions or comments about what our plans are so far. Are we missing something? Anything overrated?


db Bistro Moderne
Spotted Pig


Le Bernardin
Blue Ribbon

Also, we're staying at the Alex Hotel on East 45th Street, so if you have any breakfast suggestions, that would be great.

Thank you for the help!

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  1. Which Blue Ribbon are you referring to? (Brasserie, Bakery, Sushi, etc.)

    Sarabeth's (39th St. & 5th Ave.) is fairly close from where you are.

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    1. re: uwsister

      I was asking about the Brasserie in Soho. Some of the other restaurants that we've been considering are DBGB, Fatty Crab, Cookshop, Sushi Yashuda, John's Pizzeria.

    2. Db Bistro is definitely overrated - switch it for DBGB and you will be very happy!

      Lupa is one of my favorites but you will get the Batali haters saying no - just a matter of opinion but I love it!

      For breakfast around e. 45th, I can't think of too many options really close by but you should go for a little walk to Penelope's on 29th and lex (or is it 30th and lex?), which is inexpensive and one of the greatest brunch spots.

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      1. re: stephaniec25

        We picked db Bistro solely because of the burger. If we are planning on having that, is it still overrated?

        1. re: ParisKat

          I think so. That burger isn't all that special in my mind. If you want a really delicious burger, DBGB definitely has a number of them, including one topped with pork belly.

          There are tons of other spots for great burgers, including a lunch at Minetta Tavern for the Black Label burger.

      2. Consider going to Scarpetta, my fav Italian in the city

        i'm a Batali-restuarant-hater, so i'd say skip Spotted Pig and Lupa...but others here will disagree...

        Consider going to Tia Pol for tapas, though there will likely be a long wait...

        1. Have you considered Eleven Madison Park instead of Le Bernardin? I was choosing between the two of them a few weeks back and I'm very glad I chose EMP. It was sublime (though I'm sure LB would be tremendous as well, but what are your chances of having Eric Ripert come into the dining room and shake your hand as Chef Humm did at EMP!).

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          1. re: Jeffo405

            EMP really is a great experience all around. I agree with Jeff.

            1. re: Jeffo405

              Actually, Ripert is frequently found in the dining room, despite his outsize fame.

              Having been to both restaurants multiple times for lunch and dinner, I'd definitely take Le Bernardin over EMP. If you especially like seafood, the choice is incredibly easy.

              1. re: hcbk0702

                We had an amazing meal at Le Bernardin this past Nov. Eric was very, very nice. He invited us back to the kitchen for a photo, signed my menu and was walking around the dining room chatting with guests the night we were there. Loved our experience at LB! :)

            2. Had a great dinner at Convivio recently. Good choice!