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Apr 27, 2010 07:06 AM

8 days in NYC

This is my first post here, but I'd like to thank Chowhound for all the posts I've read antecipating my trip in April14. You helped me a lot! I stayed 8 days and I'd like to share my impressions with you.
April 14: breakfast at Clinton street Baking Company (Ihad the blueberry pancakes, which were amazing and my companion had eggs benedict); quick lunch at Katz (both of us had the pastrami sandwich, which were as terrific as our last year's trip in April 2009); drinks at PDT (outstanding!); more drinks at Mayahuel with tortillas and another dish that mixes scallops and chorizo which were very good.
April 15: capuccinos and cupcakes at Sugar Sweet Sunshine (we had lemon and pistacchio. IMO, the pistacchio ones were the best cupcakes of my stay in NY); we didn't want to sit for lunch so we had hot dogs at Gray Papaya's; drinks at Death+Company; dinner at Pearl Oyster Bar (fryed oysters, then we both had lobster rolls, which I had been dreaming of since April 2009).
April 16: we had a late breakfast at Schiller's (I had bagel and lox; he had scrambled eggs with bacon and fries);; 2 Little Red Hens cupcakes (strawberry and raspberry) at Dean and Deluca (they were very good, although I would have better tryed other flavors, but their shop was a bit out of our way as our hotel was in LES). Then at dinner, we went to the highlight of the trip: Le Bernardin. At the bar, dry martinis with pistacchio petit fours. We had the small version of the tasting menu, with a crab salad as amuse-bouche; tuna and toasted baguette with foie gras (fantastic); octopus and fermented black beans (delicious); scallops carpaccio (I asked the maitre if I could have scallops instead of any dish and he suggested changing the skate one, it was amazing!); strip bass with corn cannelonni (good); kobe beef with white tuna (amazing); for dessets we had first the mascarpone, which was good and the excellent pear and cinnamon caramel parfait; then espressos and mingardises. It was a fantastic experience!

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

Le Bernardin
155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

Sugar Sweet Sunshine
126 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

304 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003

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  1. Part 2 of the trip.
    April 17 : brunch at Minetta Tavern, herring, oysters and the blacklabel burger, which was fantastic; cupcakes at Sweet Revenge (Pure one and the Swwet Revenge one; the taste was good but they were dry, maybe a bad day?); dinner at Lucien (I had scallops and he had cassoulet; it's good and honest)
    April 18: brunch at Balthazar (I had onion soup, then half lobster; he had foie gras mousse then eggs benedict; everything was excellent); another time at PDT with hotdogs (I had the Wylie one, which is an experience with the deep fryed mayo and he had the Chang one).
    April 19: paninis at Falai Paneteria; cupcakes at Chikalicious (we had vanilla and red velvet; my companion says the red velvet is the best one for him) and dinner at Babbo. It was also an amazing experience, although more chaotic, probably because of so many people that go there. We both had octopus for starter, Ihad the goose liver ravioli and he had the bucatini a l'amatriciana, then we shared the skirt steak and also shared the rhubarb crostata.
    April 20: lobster and crab rolls at Luke's (my companion preferred this lobster roll because it has less mayo, I prefer Pearl's); cupcakes at Magnolia (vanilla and red velvet, they were Ok, SSS is much better); dinner at DBGB with 3 types of sausages (polonaise, thai and berliner) and the yankee burger; everything very good (but you can't beat the blacklabel burger).
    April 21: pancakes at Clinto st. again, then Cheeseburger at Schiller's before headind to JFK
    Thanks again for all the information you gave me, already looking forward to visiting NYC again!

    110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

    Minetta Tavern
    113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

    68 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

    Sweet Revenge
    62 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

    299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

    1. Wow! Sounds like you had a great trip! Thanks for reporting back.

      I think the Sweet Revenge is interesting but I prefer the 2 Little Red Hens, Sugar Sweet Sunshine, and Chikalicious cupcakes. Next time you find yourself in a D&D also look for the Sage American Kitchen ones.

      Luke's is more traditional "Maine" style of a lobster roll, very light on the mayo, which is unlike most of the other ones in NYC though I believe Luke's will add extra mayo for you if you ask. Just different styles, so it really depends on personal preference (and for some, what you grew up with as the "right" way to do a lobster roll). I think they're all delicious!

      Sugar Sweet Sunshine
      126 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

      Sweet Revenge
      62 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

      2 Replies
      1. re: kathryn

        Thanks, Kathryn, I'll surely try those cupcakes next time.
        By the way, your posts were very comprehensive and helped me a lot!

        1. re: Ffromsaopaulo

          You're welcome! Hope you get to make it back soon!