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Jun 3, 2010 10:58 AM

Final foodie itinerary

First off...thanks so much to the NY Chowhounds for your suggestions and information as we picked our places to eat. Here's the final food itinerary...we're also visiting museums and seeing lots of live music. It's going to be a jam-packed, fun trip...we can't WAIT to arrive!!

Arrive afternoon and hit Levain Bakery for choc-chip cookies (it's a short walk from where we're staying)
Ruby et Violette for cookies (after our sunset harbor cruise)
Casual dinner TBD...we have lots of options thanks to you chowhounds!! For now, we're being open to what looks fun at the moment!!

Saturday...foodie adventure day!
Doughnut Plant
Brunch at Stanton Social
Il Laboratorio del Gelato
Kee's Chocolates
Dinner at Balthazar

H&H bagel for breakfast (it's close to where we're staying)
Pizza at Patsy's East Harlem after Astros/Yankees game
Apps and drinks at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola for Joe Lovano show

H&H bagel for breakfast
Lunch at Shake Shack (UWS)
Brother-in-law's birthday dinner at BLT Prime

Breakfast...possibly Good Enough to Eat
Lunch at Candle Cafe
Post-theater dinner at Aureole (the new Bubbles After Broadway menu)

Quick breakfast (muffin or bagel)
Lunch at Lombardi's (husband says he HAS to go back, so I promised to make it happen!!)

Il Laboratorio del Gelato
95 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

Kee's Chocolates
80 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

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

Good Enough to Eat
483 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

Stanton Social
99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

Doughnut Plant
379 Grand St, New York, NY 10002

BLT Prime
111 East 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010

Levain Bakery
167 W 74th St, New York, NY 10023

Ruby et Violette
457 W 50th St, New York, NY 10019

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  1. Are you aware the H&H has no seating area?

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    1. re: Ann900

      Yep...I was there last time I was in New York. We're actually staying in an apartment this trip, so we can pick bagels up on Sunday morning and have them to eat on-the-go Sun and Mon :)!

    2. im not a huge fan of patsy's - but besides that - you will be in the bronx - why not eat in the bronx. NYC is more than just manhattan. you can go to arthur avenue, or there are some good carribean and soul food choices in the area

      1. I'm so jealous! Joe Lovano is amazing- I saw him at the Vanguard some months ago and was blown away! Just a heads up- on UWS, the sunday brunch at The Mermaid Inn is really great if you decide 2 bagel breakfasts is too much!


        Mermaid Inn
        96 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

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        1. re: UnderemployedInNYC

          Thanks for the head's up about the Mermaid Inn. Just not sure we'll have time for a sit-down brunch since we're going to a 100 baseball game. We're also going to the Vanguard to see the VV Jazz Orchestra after dinner on Monday. Brother in law is a huge jazz fan, and that's what he picked to do for his birthday!

          Mermaid Inn
          96 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

          1. re: wendytexas

            The Vangard is such a gem. So many legends have played there and it really haunts the arir. Have fun. The bartenders have a heavy pour with the hard alcs. My manhattan was heavy duty last time I was there. Wendytexas, you're awesome!


            1. re: UnderemployedInNYC

              Gee...thanks! We're getting really excited...we arrive Friday afternoon and plan to hit the ground running. We figure we can sleep when we get back to San Antonio. We're in NY to have FUN and EAT as much good food as possible! We went to the Blue Note on our last trip (we saw Larry Carlton), so we decided to check out the Vanguard this time.

              We just confirmed out reservation for next Saturday at Balthazar...any suggestions on what we MUST try? I keep looking at the menu and noticing that they have beef short ribs on Saturday night...that might be a winner!

              1. re: wendytexas

                For dessert, definitely the profiteroles!

                Balthazar photos including the profiteroles: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

                1. re: RGR

                  Yes...anything that contains dark fudge sauce like that is something I can get behind. Must remember to save room!!

        2. Personally, I wouldn't put Balthazar on a foodie itinerary. Is it good? Yeah. But it's nothing out of the ordinary. More of a celeb-spotting "scene" destination than a foodie one. You'll have a great meal, but nothing that'll be terribly memorable a month later.

          In the same neighborhood, I'd much sooner go to Savoy, for just one example. But it seems that most of your day is being spent on the LES - so why not one of the top LES places? You've got two of our most recent Beard nominees in WD-50 and Prune right there (okay, Prune is technically East Village...) and either one will provide you with a much more memorable meal, the former especially. Other great options include Falai (worth it just for the raspberry souffle with black truffle gelato), Shang (which I wasn't thrilled with, personally, but others have had better experiences), or you could go up into the East Village to Momofuku Ssam. For the same price as you'd pay at Balthazar for app/ent/des you could go nuts, and get seven or eight shared plates at Ssam. Plus the cocktails are amazing.

          Anyway, just my opinion. Nothing wrong with Balthazar, mind you. Just nothing I find worth going out of one's way for, especially if you'rein town for a limited time.

          50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

          Momofuku Ssam Bar
          207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

          70 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012

          68 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

          54 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003

          187 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002

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          1. re: sgordon

            Thanks for the input, but we have our hearts set on Balthazar. We are spending most of the day on the LES/SoHo/Chinatown. But...we're heading back to see a performance at Carnegie Hall that night...we're having a late (1100 dinner after the show).

          2. It sounds to me like you'll staying on the UWS - if so ditch Good Enough to Ead (it isn't) and instead go to an institution - Barney Greengrass on Amsterdam. They have the best french toast in the city . . . and I've never ordered it, I only sneak bites, I'm always too busy making with the fish breakfast . . . Have a great trip, and Patsy's is my number one pizza place in the world. And I'm originally from New Haven, CT. P.S. - Barney GG is cash only on weekends, and the line can get hectic after 10AM or so.

            Barney Greengrass
            541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

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            1. re: Pigeage

              For some reason, fish for breakfast sounds kind of weird to this native Texan. Of course, we eat chorizo (greasy, spicy bulk sausage) scrambled with eggs...so who am I to talk :lol:?!?! Maybe we should go check it out and see what we can find to try! We're sort of open for breakfast on Tuesday...close by (our apartment is at 85th, 1/2 block off Central Park West.

              1. re: wendytexas

                Smoked salmon and a bagel is what I hope you are having for breakfast at least one of the days you're in NYC! I think you should try it at least once! You can perhaps buy some smoked salmon from there and bring it back to the apartment with you?

                541 Amsterdam Avenue at 86th Street
                New York, NY 10024
                Tuesdays through Sunday 8am to 6pm.
                Restaurant opens at 8:30am.

                Barney Greengrass
                541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

                1. re: kathryn

                  I haven't eaten there, but kathryn is 100% right. And though it might sound weird (whereas for me smoked salmon was probably among the first solid food i ate), rest assured its AMAZING. My favorite way : toasted everything bagel, cream cheese, smoked salmon, tomato, red onion. Many people add capers, which I'm just not always in the mood for. Don't over-toast your bagel- you don't want it too crispy :0)


                  1. re: UnderemployedInNYC

                    You just made my stomach rumble! Warm bagel, cream cheese, smoked salmon, a little bit of tomato, slices of red onion, and sometimes Maldon sea salt sprinkled on the cream cheese, and a bit of chopped up chive.

                    1. re: kathryn

                      I do love a good chive sprinkle. I like scallion cream cheese with lox too... I don't know how often you come to brooklyn, but now that the weather is nice, you should get a freaking awesome bagel with lox (or the really great lox spread) at Terrace Bagels and take it into Prospect Park. Best bagels I've had in a very long time. Also worth a trip to Brooklyn (and I now sound like a salmon freak) is the fact that for like 5 dollars at Ikea you can buy legit gravlax seasoned with dill. Can't afford not to :0)