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Jun 18, 2010 05:47 AM

Two days left in Manhattan - paralysed by choice

Hello, and help! We have two days left of our NYC trip, and we're totally stuck where to eat for dinner tonight and tomorrow, and a brunch tomorrow. We're staying in Cooper Square, that's Bowery and E6th area.

So far (not all on this trip!) we've been to WD50. Il Buco, In Vino, Noho Star, Balthazar, Pastis, Scarpetta, Daniel...

Looking for something mid-price, probably Italian, for dinner - happy to travel. Not fussed about being hip or in, just good food and wine.Would also happily do steak or seafood.

Then for brunch - any recommendations within a few blocks of our location?

Thanks so much....

Il Buco
47 Bond St., New York, NY 10012

In Vino
215 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10009

Noho Star
330 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

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  1. For steak, definitely Keens, our favorite NYC steakhouse!

    Keens photos here:

    For seafood, Oceana.

    Oceana photos here:

    For brunch, Maialino. A bit north of your hotel but worth it!

    Photos of our brunch at Maialino:

    1. Eleven Madison Park is NYC's best restaurant according to a lot of folks. Hearth is nice, Gotham Bar and Grill, Gramercy Tavern and Union Square Cafe are all nice. Have a nice trip.

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

      Gramercy Tavern
      42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

      Gotham Bar and Grill
      12 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003

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      1. re: Littleman

        O.P.: "Looking for something mid-price..."

        EMP = not exactly a good fit there. However, if they do want to spring for the bigger bucks, OpenTable is showing a table for two at 5:30 or 10:00 for this evening. Of course, since restaurants usually don't give all their reservations to O.T., calling the restaurant directly can sometimes result in other times being available.

        Actually, I wouldn't put the other three suggested restaurants in the mid-price category either. Of course, that does depend on what a person considers to be "mid-priced," and that's usually a factor of how deep a person's pockets are.

        Edited to add: I guess Keens and Oceana aren't exactly mid-priced either. But she did say they wouldn't object to a steakhouse, and the best ones don't come "mid-priced."

        1. re: RGR

          Ah, thank you! We checked out Oceana, but prob a bit more than we want to spend - we dropped $250 on Japanese last night, so our 5 night stay is going to hurt when that monthly bill comes in, so the brakes are on a little!

          Just returned from a day walking round NYBG, so we've picked a place in staggering distance from our hotel - The Mermaid Inn. We fancied something light and refreshing - oysters! So we'll see how that goes...

          Thanks again for your help :)

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

          120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020