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Tentative itinerary for a couple of hungry Montrealers...opinions, please!

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We've been doing some board searching but would love some expert opinions on what we've got so far...we're fairly adventurous, budget is not unlimited but we love a bargain on some good chow. Staying at 29th and 7th; we don't mind doing a bit of walking.
Day 1: arriving mid-afternoon, thinking of trying to get to Mary's Fish Camp for lobster rolls during their lunch hours (had them at Pearl last time and loved them. Are they as good at Mary's?). Not sure how much energy we'll have for evening activities or how hungry we'll be after a late lunch. Thinking about doing LES Tenement Museum. Any great small bites near there or near our hotel? Maybe Shake Shack? Dumplings in Chinatown (we liked Joe's Shanghai last time)? Or Katz's Deli? (may need to do a comparison between Montreal and NY bagels, and Montreal smoked meat and NY pastrami!)
Day 2: any yummy weekday brunch places? Going to a matinee at 45th & B'way at 2pm. Might try to squeeze in a visit to MoMA before the show. Planning for Perry St. early-bird spring special thingy, then to a show at the Bowery Ballroom that night.
Day 3: wide open so far! What should we do? Maybe MoMA - what should we eat? Need to leave for home by mid-afternoon. Some possibilities: Burger Joint, Momofuku (which one?), Donburi-ya (one of us has a thing for donburi and it's impossible to find in Montreal). It would probably be prudent to go easy (budget and calorie-wise) for one breakfast - any good cheap diners near our hotel?
Any input welcome! Merci.

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Burger Joint
118 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019

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

Joe's Shanghai
24 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

Mary's Fish Camp
64 Charles St, New York, NY 10014

Donburi-ya
137 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017

Bowery Ballroom
6 Delancey St, New York, NY 10002

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  1. For your Day 2 weekend brunch you're going to be a short walk away from The Breslin at The Ace Hotel. Eat brunch there and you won't need any snacks before dinner. For Day 3, Momofuku Ma Peche has a solid lunch deal- though I'm not sure it applies on weekends. You can either sit in the restaurant or for a more chilled out environment up on the balcony of the hotel's lobby.

    http://underemployedinnyc.blogspot.com/

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    The Breslin
    20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

    Ma Peche
    15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

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    1. re: UnderemployedInNYC

      Ma Peche's lunch deal is now only for takeout/pickup. It also only applies Monday through Friday.

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      Ma Peche
      15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

      1. re: kathryn

        Actually, the trip will be mid-week so Ma Peche might be perfect - it looks great. Thanks!

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        Ma Peche
        15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

    2. I would recommend Shake Shack over Burger Joint...hands down.

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

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        1. re: stak

          I agree w/ trinyc. It's just better.

      1. thoughts:

        i think pearls are the best, but nothign wrng with mary's at all.

        katz's is not a bagel place, but i love their pastrami. do not ask for it lean!

        momofuku ssam is a place i adore

        i do not like fast food style burgers, so my opinion is biased, but i think there are many better burgers than eitehr shake shack or burger joint

        1. LES Tenement is a must and it it is not that far from Chinatown. (Tickets for the Museum must be purchased in advance as tour sizes are very limited due to the tiny tenements.) Skip the long lines at Joes Shanghai and head for the Shanghai Cafe at 100 Mott Street for XLB (soup dumplings.) For pan fried dumplings go to Prosperity Dumplings at 46 Eldridge St. Tiny place with seats for four or you can eat on the run. For a good Chinatown bargain try the Hand-Pulled Noodles with Beef Noodle Soup at 88 Food Sing Corp. at 2 East Broadway. Others have their own personal hand-pulled noodle favorites but I think they have the best broth hands-down, richly flavored with star anise, ginger and garlic. Be sure to ask for the pickled vegetables (酸菜 -Suan1 Cai4) which your waitress will bring to from the the kitchen and add a good dollop to your bowls!

          1. This is stak, reporting back after our way-too-short trip to NYC...
            We didn't end up getting to near as many places as I'd hoped, especially new places. Arrived in town around 3, too late for lobster rolls but perfect time for Shake Shack...only had to stand in line for about 5 minutes. Shack burger and black & white shake were as good as remembered. We did a ton of walking around and decided to go back to Pearl for dinner (hubby chickened out on trying Mary's). Oysters, salt-crusted shrimp (Yum! Even with the shells) The lobster rolls were fantastic and so were the shoestring fries - especially with malt vinegar. The next day we got amazing lattes from Stumptown and then hurried off to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, grabbing breakfast on the way at Andrew"s (I think) Coffee Shop at about 7th and 35th. Cheap, quick and not much else to recommend it. Loved the museum, tore ourselves away just in time to rush to our matinee. Grabbed an OK slice at some place on 9th because we were ravenous by then. Originally meant to go to Perry Street for the spring promotion but didn't want to eat so early and figured it was not that much of a savings anyway, depending what we ordered. We both really liked Perry Street. Crab dumplings: very tasty. Calamari: perfectly crispy, came with a really cool creamy lime-y sauce that was somehow all puffy and collapsed when we dipped into it. For mains we got the fried chicken (one breast, one thigh, boneless and battered) which was tasty and came with a really nice green pea puree, baby spinach and what I think were pickled shallots, and the cheeseburger, which was really good and juicy but came with fries that could have been McDonald's. We shared a chocolate pudding for dessert - it seemed like the pudding itself was not sweet but there was crunchy rock sugar and cream on top. Interesting. Oh, and there was an amuse of broccoli soup with mimolette cheese that was fantastic, and a little mini-green tea opera cake after dessert. I'm not crazy about the combination of green tea and chocolate. Overall, a very nice dinner. We should have cut back on the fried stuff but oh well - we walked some of it off on the way to the Bowery Ballroom. I really wish we'd gone to Milk Bar after the show...maybe next time. The next morning we finally made it to the Breslin for breakfast. I loved my poached eggs with lentils - perfect! Hubby had the lemon ricotta pancakes which were amazing. With a shared side of bacon and some more stumptown coffee...a breakfast to remember! That's it for this trip...thanks for all your recommendations - I will definitely keep them in mind for our next trip (next month!)

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            Perry Street
            176 Perry Street, New York, NY 10014

            Bowery Ballroom
            6 Delancey St, New York, NY 10002

            Stumptown
            18 W 29th Street, New York, NY 10001

            The Breslin
            20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

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            1. re: stak

              There's a lobster roll craze brewing, but Mary's Fish Camp isn't the belle of the ball anymore....it sounds like you did okay skipping out on that, and next time you visit, there will be plenty of options. Luke's is probably the most popular option in Manhattan itself.

              Thanks for the report, especially on the Breslin breakfast.

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              Mary's Fish Camp
              64 Charles St, New York, NY 10014

              The Breslin
              20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001