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We're spending 5 nights in New York in November as part of our honeymoon and the food is definitely a priority. I've been researching for months now and narrowing things down has been tricky but I could still do with some suggestions. So far I have this:

Wed Dinner - Tabla

Thurs Lunch - ? We'll be in the Times Square/Rockefeller Centre area at lunch time
Thurs Dinner - John's Pizza after Broadway show

Friday Lunch - Jean Georges
Friday Dinner - Babbo (Is it a bit much to do both of these in one day? It will be quite a late dinner so we should be hungry again by this point)

Sat Lunch - ? Brooklyn/Financial district around lunch time
Sat Dinner - Chinatown - would love recommendations for here

Sunday Brunch - Planning on the Bouchon Bakery and taking to Central Park
Sunday Dinner - Keens

Would love any thoughts on a couple of lunch spots and whether we should swap/dismiss anything. We're open to any cuisine at all, not shy about trying new things. Thanks so much.

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Bouchon Bakery
10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

Babbo
110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

Jean Georges
1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

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  1. Wed-try Tabla's downstairs casual sister. More creative Indian and easier to control the cost. Good atmsophere and good drinks. Portions on the small side.
    Thurs lunch. Try Grand Central Oyster Bar (although by that time, who knows how the gulf oil problem will have effected shellfish). DON'T DON'T sit @ a table--stroll up to the counter and order a dozen or two.
    Fri-oy. Too much of a good thing. Try to split those up.
    Sat-Wall St features only tourists on Sat. Do your sights and move along. You can easliy walk to C-town from there. Better to do lunch in the city and do Brooklyn afternoon into evening. Everyone has their Chinatown faves, but one can have dim sum by eating there earlier in the day. Walk its streets and see what appeals. Likewise for Brooklyn, walk on Court and Smith Sts (quick subway from C-town) and check out a very diverse eating area (the NYT just had a great review for Prime Meats this past week). Also check the outer boroughs board.
    Sun-Don't care for Bouchon. Some posters might disagree. For my taste, the Whole Foods in the basement is just about as good and cheaper. Also, it will likely be too chilly to have brunch al fresco. Eat brunch indoors and take a long brisk walk in the park before/after.
    We love Keens--per myself and every poster, order the mutton chop.

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    Grand Central Oyster Bar
    89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

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    1. re: Bill O.

      > Wed-try Tabla's downstairs casual sister. More creative Indian and easier to control the cost. Good atmsophere and good drinks. Portions on the small side.

      The management at Tabla recently consolidated the restaurant so that it has only one menu.

      > Thurs lunch. Try Grand Central Oyster Bar (although by that time, who knows how the gulf oil problem will have effected shellfish).

      Note that the Oyster Bar is a bit east of Times Square/Rockefeller Center as its inside of Grand Central.

      > Everyone has their Chinatown faves, but one can have dim sum by eating there earlier in the day. Walk its streets and see what appeals.

      I would not do this, as the quality of dim sum can vary greatly from restaurant to restaurant.

      > Sun-Don't care for Bouchon. Some posters might disagree. For my taste, the Whole Foods in the basement is just about as good and cheaper.

      Are you talking about the pastries and to-go items from Bouchon Bakery, compared to the Whole Foods prepared pastries -- not sure they can really compare in terms of cookies/macarons/etc? Or the sit down part of Bouchon Bakery?

      > Also, it will likely be too chilly to have brunch al fresco. Eat brunch indoors and take a long brisk walk in the park before/after.

      Agree. Also it may be cold, windy, and/or drizzly that day.

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      Bouchon Bakery
      10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

      Grand Central Oyster Bar
      89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

      1. re: kathryn

        >Are you talking about the pastries and to-go items from Bouchon Bakery, compared to the Whole Foods prepared pastries -- not sure they can really compare in terms of cookies/macarons/etc? Or the sit down part of Bouchon Bakery?

        Yeah, I don't think pastries from Whole Foods compare to Bouchon's. Actually I love a casual lunch at Bouchon Bakery (the sit-down area) - delicious sandwiches, quiche, etc. Good bread and butter too. I also think Jean Georges and Babbo are totally do-able on one day, especially if Babbo res is late. While I haven't done the exact same combination, but I've certainly had a heavy dinner after a lunch at Jean Georges.

    2. Saturday dinner in Chinatown is NOT what I would recommend as part of my honeymoon trip!! How about something more refined like Eleven Madison Park? Save Chinatown for lunch/brunch Dim Sum .

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