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May 15, 2010 03:59 PM

Plans falling through.. lost on restaurant planning

So I am having a sister weekend in new york. It will be my sis and me, and our husband.Total: 2 french , 1 spanish, 1 american,

We worked on our plans for memorial day weekend and everything is falling through because it is closed for MD.. :(

here what we were planning
we are staying in mid town.

Friday night: dinner at caselulla

saturday: day in central park, quick lunch at shake shak or picnic in central park
saturday night: unsure about that one..some good PIZZA place??

Sunday: Brooklyn Bridge, high line park, touristy cruise : we were going to have brunch around there at harry's steak and cafe: CLOSED ON SUNDAYS, considered prune, perry st, Jane, but they were kinda out of the way., would like something around where we visit.

Sunday night: dinner at les halles parke ave (my hubby is insisting because of a bourdain.. not so excited about french cuisine :)...) . Maybe gotham bar and grill since all my nice options are closed.. although it is not really cheap.
Drink at the terrasse of 230 5th ave.

Monday: lunch at eleven madison park: CLOSED ON MEM DAY, lunch at gotham bar and grill CLOSED..???

Ok guys so,
we have a dinner on saturday with no idea where to go maybe for a nice NY pizza
A brunch around brooklyn bridge where all options we found were either closed or too far
A nice fancy deal on monday lunch impossible to book because everyone is closed..

Ideas?? EMP was going to be the highlight of my trip but can't afford going for dinner : (

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  1. Cookshop has a great brunch, and it's right by High Line.

    According to Opentable, Jean-Georges is open for lunch on Memorial Day - their prix-fixe is a great deal too. Probably a good idea to call and confirm, but it looks like a good option.

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    1. Go to Arturos on Houaton for Pizza. Bourdain has nothing to do with Les Halles, hasnot in years. That will be the biggest eating mistake of your trip if you go.

      Les Halles
      15 John Street, New York, NY 10038

      1. I agree with Daveena's suggestion that you go to Jean Georges for lunch on Memorial Day. (They are definitely open.) The deal is similar to EMP's: 2 courses for $29, each additional course $14.50, and dessets $8 each. The cuisine (Asian-influenced French) is stellar, service is faultless, and the ambiance is lovely. A check of OpenTable shows availabilities for 4 people at various times for lunch that day. However, it's very popular and reserations get taken up quickly, so you should reserve asap.

        Photos of our recent lunch at Jean Georges:

        Two places to consider for Saturday night pizza: Co., on the corner of 9th Av. & 24th St., and Motorino, on E. 12th St., b/t 1st & 2nd Aves.

        Co. photos:

        Motorino photos:

        I agree with princeof pork that you should avoid Les Halles Park Av. like the proverbial plague. The food is mediocre, service is haphazard, seating is sardine-tight, and the noise level is hideously high.

        N.B. Planning a "quick" lunch at Shake Shack in Madison Square Park is not a good idea because the line can take 45 minutes to an hour.

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        1. re: RGR

          Seconding Co. and Motorino for Saturday night dinner, with the caveat that both are very popular and don't take reservations, so you may wait a wait for a table.

          RGR -- it sounded like the OP wanted to go to the Shake Shack on the UWS since they mentioned Central Park in the original post.

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

          349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

          1. re: kathryn

            Oops! I forgot about that Cental Park bit. I've never been to the UWS Shack. Do you think you can get out of there quickly on a Saturday afternoon?

            1. re: RGR

              Yes, especially if the weather is nice and you plan to take your food elsewhere. The kitchen at the UWS Shack is about twice as big as the Madison Square Park one and the line moves quickly. There are, however, fewer seating options at the UWS Shake Shack and some crowd control issues (line to order snakes past the stairs, there is a tiny basement room that fills up quickly so people go up/down the stairs constantly while looking for seats).

              1. re: kathryn

                Thanks for the info, Kathryn. It's not too likely we'll ever go to the UWS Shack since Madison Sq. Park is only a few blocks from us, and we've got avoiding the lines there down to a science.

        2. > A brunch around brooklyn bridge where all options we found were either closed or too far

          You'll need to post on the Outer Boroughs board for ideas on this one.

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          1. re: kathryn

            Thanks you somuch to you all! it sounds like you are reviving my weekend from the dead :)
            I booked jean georges for 1.45.. did not even check the menu since I remember thinking it was nice. I am sure it will be great. Excited.
            I will check on your saturday night options. THANKS so much for writing about les halles, I now have amunitions to convince hubby Les halles is NOT the place to be..

          2. Addressing only your Sunday plans, there are plenty of varied places right next to Harry's on Stone Street (and, indeed, owned and managed by him and Peter). E.g Adrienne's (very good Pizza), Ulysses Folk House (excellent brunch), Vintry (small plates and wine), Smorgas Chef (Scandanavian brunch), and the Financier Patisserie. All have outdoor seating so you can watch the world go by. Only a 5 minute walk north, in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge, you'll find Nelson Blue (New Zealand), Stella and Acqua. I am certain that many, if not all, will be open on MD. They all have websites, and their menus are listed on Hope one fits your bill.

            Nelson Blue
            233 Front St, New York, NY 10038

            Smorgas Chef
            53 Stone Street, New York, NY 10004

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            1. re: Upperwestsider

              HI everyone.
              here is what we decided on so far:

              kept plans for saturday lunch around central park.
              sunday night: pizza still in the works

              sunday brunch at locanda verde (my sis is in love..)
              sunday night: perilla (was not available for saturday)

              and a beautiful lunch at jean georges on monday lunch :)
              thanks guys!