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Apr 15, 2010 03:12 AM

First draft itinerary - any comments?

Thanks to a couple of questions and extensive perusal of the boards, my current eating itinerary for a NY trip in mid-May is looking something like the below. Would appreciate any comments or suggestions - anything I'm missing or bad timings? NB the trip is for my husband and I, it's his first trip to New York, I have been a few times before.

Arrive NYC mid-afternoon Wednesday.
Late lunch - Shake Shack UWS
Dinner - Colicchio & Sons or Craft (or maybe the Tavern room at Gramercy Tavern?)

Breakfast - Clinton Street Baking Company
Lunch - Dim Sum in chinatown - any suggestions?
Dinner - Babbo (if we can get a table) or Scarpetta
Dessert - Chikalicious

Breakfast - Sarabeths
Lunch - Katz's
Dinner - Sushi (not sure where yet)
Dessert - Dessert Truck

Breakfast - A diner for some great eggs, not sure where yet
Lunch - Pizza or Hot Dogs
Snack - 2 little red hens/sugar sweet sunshine for cupcakes or cheesecake
Dinner - Keens

Brunch - Any suggestions?
Afternoon - Picnic in central park - either deli style or just cakes depending on how full we are from brunch!
Dinner - Pearl Oyster Bar

Brunch - TBC, possibly revisit a prior favourite
Then depart

Pearl Oyster Bar
18 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014

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

110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

Shake Shack
Madison Ave and E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

Colicchio & Sons
85 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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  1. You should note that the Dessert Truck is no longer operating as a truck, but as a storefront on the LES, at 6 Clinton Street. You may want to plan your dinner that night accordingly if you'd like to go there.

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    1. standard grill for breakfast or brunch
      reserve for outside
      michelada is a nice drink for only eight bucks
      great eggs and salads and reasonable
      odeon for any time early or late
      pearl is a nice choice
      want to venture to brooklyn?
      golden unicorn for dim sum in chinatown but chinatown brasserie is superior and great peking duck as well as dim sum
      for pizza you must make the pilgrimage to DiFara's in Brooklyn and Motorino for breakfast/brunch pizza
      Diner or Egg in Williamsburg also for breakfast/brunch

      349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

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      1. re: foodismylife

        Second Chinatown Brasserie, Di Fara, Motorino, Diner.

        Chinatown Brasserie
        380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

        349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

        1. re: foodismylife

          Thank you! Looks like some great options! We will most likely head out to Brooklyn one day, it would be a shame not to!

          1. re: foodismylife

            chinatown brasserie does not have delicious dim sum, its more of a trendy spot. if you want the great experience of eating Chinese in chinatown, i would HIGHLY recommend JING FONG!

            1. re: carub

              I disagree. Jing Fong has atmosphere, yes, but also sometimes gummy dishes with ingredients that could be fresher, rubbery shrimp, carts that never make their way to you, etc. You can also taste a quality difference in the wrappers and shrimp. The wrappers at CB are much more delicate and the shrimp is cleaner tasting, to me.

              CB is probably at the top in Manhattan in terms of dim sum (but if you want the high quality, fresh dim sum AND carts, go to Flushing).

              Jing Fong
              18 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

          2. forgot to tell you u must go to laboratorio de gelato, this guy invented ciao bello and his flavors are different and amazing
            dont pass up the sorbets as well
            fig is off the hook and sea grape is life changing
            moshe's bakery on se3cond ave for old world jewish pastries and cakes
            the nut cake with either raspberry or apricot jam is beyond wonderful

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            1. re: foodismylife

              Be forewarned that Il Laboratorio de Gelato closes on the early side, so make it a late afternoon snack, not a post-dinner destination.

              1. re: foodismylife

                you are definitely talking my language, I LOVE gelato! It's on the list!

                1. re: uniqueusername

                  I like your list. If you like gelato I highly recommend Grom and L'Arte del Gelato.

                  233 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

              2. > Breakfast - Clinton Street Baking Company
                > Lunch - Dim Sum in chinatown - any suggestions?

                Breakfast at Clinton St can be pretty heavy & filling, not sure that dim sum would be the best idea after that but for Dim Sum in Chinatown, I like Red Egg. No carts, though, it's a more modern and made to order style. If you can get out of Chinatown and are willing to pay a little more, I think Chinatown Brasserie is much better, but it's also a bit more upscale/fancy. Also no carts.

                > Dinner - Babbo (if we can get a table) or Scarpetta
                > Dessert - Chikalicious

                The desserts at Babbo are quite good, so not sure why you need to go elsewhere for dessert. Also I find the portions at Scarpetta so large that I'm often too full for dessert. Also notice that Chikalicious closes around 10:45pm (which means the kitchen closes a bit earlier than that, and they may not seat parties past a certain time).

                > Breakfast - Sarabeths
                > Lunch - Katz's

                Which Sarabeth's? Note that Katz's is on the Lower East Side and might be pretty far away from whichever Sarabeth's you end up choosing.
                > Dinner - Sushi (not sure where yet)

                If you want to dine close to the Dessert Truck storefront, you might want to consider somewhere in the East Village or Soho. In the East Village, Kanoyama is a good price/value but the waits can be really long on Friday nights. Ushiwakamaru is in a similar price range and takes reservations but I would call and book sooner rather than later.

                > Brunch - Any suggestions?

                Locanda Verde is excellent.

                110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

                175 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

                Chinatown Brasserie
                380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

                355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

                Red Egg
                202 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013

                Locanda Verde
                377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

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                1. re: kathryn

                  Thank you! Excellent advice! We were planning on going to Clinton Street for an early breakfast before heading over to do the tourist pilgrimage to Ellis Island, so it will probably be quite a while before we got back for lunch in Chinatown anyway - I think we could manage the dim sum! :D

                  Thanks for the advice on desserts - maybe another night would be better for Chikalicious, but I'm so enamoured with the idea of a restaurant that just serves dessert, that I can't leave NY without trying it!

                  All the suggestions look great, I will liaise with the husband! :D

                  1. re: uniqueusername

                    Ah! That makes more sense. I actually would budget a few hours for an Ellis Island trip, as you are bound by the ferry schedule and the sometimes long lines (due to security) to get onto the ferry (I think they recommend arriving 45 min in advance or something). And don't forget to account for how long it will take to get down to the ferry pickup from the LES. Luckily, Red Egg serves dim sum all day.

                    Red Egg
                    202 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013

                2. If you need a sushi recommendation, check out posts by sushiman - h/she knows their stuff.

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