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Mar 27, 2010 06:23 AM

Coming to town...NEED HELP

my wife and i are coming to nyc 4/9-4/11. staying @ millenium hilton near wall st. looking for a couple of good eats. have morimoto and momofuku for our lunches. heard strip steak house was a good place for a steak. anything better? any ideas for our second dinner? looked over ramseys rest. any good? looking for mind blowing food. im more daring when it comes to my culinary style. wife is more steak and potatoes. any help would be awesome thanks

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  1. Any particular location, price-point, type of cuisine, dress code? You want old & true NYC, or hot & new?

    More info would help to narrow down the myriad options.

    1. Just as a general recommendation, Oceana looks good to me, and it's on my list of restaurants to try when I go in May. I've never been there, but it's been recommended by RGR, who takes great pictures when she dines. Look at their website and see if it is something that interests you.

      120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020

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      1. re: Suburban Girl

        sorry i was a little vague earlier. price point probably 80-100/person without alcohol for dinner. thinking of morimoto friday lunch. bltsteak or strip house for friday dinner. best ny style thin crust for lunch sat w/o traveling too far. staying in financial district. never been to nyc before. dont mind traveling for the food as long as its not a total pain in the @ss. we are in our late 20's so dont mind walking and taking public transportion while for suggestions to Sat. dinner and Brunch Sunday. Somewhere special for Brunch that my wife will be ooh and aah over. thanks for all your help

        1. re: geo91181

          Two suggestions. 1) lunch on Sat. Walk over to Stone Street; there are about 10 restaurants with outside tables. Esp: Adriennes (; not thin crust, but v v good. 2) Brunch on Sun: Unless you hate hotels, consider the Ritz Carlton @ Battery Park. Easily walkable, (indeed it would take you right by the tragic 9/11 site!); you might want to wear a blazer, 'cause it is pretty nice place. BTW second the rec on Oceana. Absolutely first rate (but bring green!!).

          120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020

          1. re: geo91181

            Have heard good things about brunch at Pastis (it's a good scene and good food). Would try that unless you are eager for more American fare. There are also a ton of brunch posts here so search for those if you want specific recs for pancakes, eggs bendict, etc.

            Since you are out of town on your first trip here I'd recommend walking over the Brooklyn Bridge and having pizza at Grimaldis. The line will be long but the view is worthwhile.

            1. re: JMJD

              thanks for the help. a friend of mine told me to be sure to go to brooklyn for pizza

              1. re: geo91181

                Agree with people on this. First time in NYC, staying in financial district, the walk over the Brooklyn Bridge is a great experience without being too much of a hike. I really enjoy Grimaldi's pizza, and their calzones are very good also.

                Strip House is excellent, went there a few weeks ago for the second time. Saturday night, prime time, such a great atmosphere. The beef jerky made in-house, wow - blew us all away. Everything else was excellent as well, including the bartenders, who made some great old-fashioned's.


              2. re: JMJD

                <pizza at Grimaldis. The line will be long but the view is worthwhile>

                and so is the pizza. ;)

            2. re: Suburban Girl

              Thanks for the compliment, Suburban Girl. Since you've mentioned Oceana -- imo, delicious food, excellent service and pleasing atmospherics -- here's the link to the photos:


              When it comes to steakhouses, our favorite is Keens, which has been in its 36th St. location since 1885. Thus, in addition to superb steaks, chops (including the legendary signature mutton chop), sides, etc., there is the unmatchable Old New York ambiance -- walls covered with American memorabilia, and row-upon-row of old clay smoking pipes suspended from all the ceilings, plus pipes belonging to famous people dating back to the 19th century in display cases in the vestibule.

              Photos of our most recent dinner at Keens:


              1. re: RGR

                heard any thing good about piola?

                1. re: geo91181

                  Never heard of Piola. A search indicates it's never been discussed on this board.

                  Do you want to include an Italian restaurant in your dining itinerary? If so, there are many excellent options.

                  1. re: geo91181

                    Piola has wonderful thin-crust pizza and is in the Village near NYU. We go there often.

                    48 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003

              2. How about Eleven Madison Park for Saturday night.....She will OOH and AAH and so will you. Check this board for extensive comments. As good as it gets.

                Eleven Madison Park
                11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

                1. got a couple things planned out... fri lunch @ new to du- vietnamese. friday dinner quality meats - steak...sat lunch..good manhattan pizza??sat dinner???sun brunch??? saw blt market was open for breakfast but couldnt find menu. any help would be appreciated.

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                  1. re: geo91181

                    little owl or perilla for dinner saturday night?

                    1. re: geo91181

                      Both are very good. Little Owl has more of a old NY neighborhood vibe but I give a slight edge on the food to Perilla. Can't really go wrong with either.

                      9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

                      Little Owl
                      90 Bedford Street, New York, NY 10014

                      1. re: pdquinn

                        ok got brunch @ perilla ..only need sat. dinner now

                        1. re: geo91181

                          How about my fave, Gramercy Tavern? Either the dining room or the Tavern room delivers excellent food.

                          Gramercy Tavern
                          42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

                          1. re: ChefJune

                            I would disagree. I have yet to have an excellent meal in Gramercy Tavern's dining room. In fact, it was the site of my most disappointing meal of '09. I do, however, like the food in the Tavern Room.

                          2. re: geo91181

                            I would do dinner at Perilla. I have had dinner there many times but brunch only once as it was really dull compared to dinner. Why don't you try Perry St. for brunch. It is a great deal and the food ranges from burgers and fried chicken to more adventurous Asian/New American fusion.

                            9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

                    2. I second Keens ( (Among other places, you can see it in the Disappearing New York episode of No Reservations.)

                      I also recommend Mad for Chicken for a late night snack. Since it's your first time in the city, it will feel very "New York." It's a "hidden" restaurant in Koreatown in the shadow of the Empire State building best known for its Korean fried chicken & strong drinks. There is no way to tell it's a restaurant till you open the door. It would definitely be a fun surprise for your wife & everyone loves Korean fried chicken. You can easily take the subway or a taxi to/from. There isn't much to see in the neighborhood at night, but is a short walk to Time Square. (Drinks @ Above in the Hilton is definitely worth the view, if nothing else.


                      314 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001

                      72 West 36th St., New York, NY 10018

                      Located in the Times Square Hilton, New York, NY 10036

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                      1. re: New Yorkophile

                        Staying in town 1 xtra night. Moved staying near times square. Looking for dinner for 2..would prefer casual clothing but formal is ok. Its kind of late for reservations so please keep that in mind..looking for really good food and drinks..cuisine is open..thanks for all your help so to do was awesome and quality meats while not mind blowing did a good job