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Jun 19, 2010 06:02 PM

4th of July week in GV- want good food without having to "Dress Up"

Inbound to Greenwich Village for the week of 4th of July for 5 days. This is our 5th? 6th? ok maybe 7th trip to NYC -seems to be becoming an annual anniversary trip for us.
We did a food tour in GV last trip and decided we'd like to check out more of that area so will be staying in the vicinity of 7th & Bleeker.

Looking for good places to eat anywhere in Lower Manhattan, particularly in GV but willing to venture into Midtown also. We like all kinds of foods, have no dietary restrictions and are not afraid to be adventurous. I guess you could call me a "Wannabe Foodie"
Willing to consider all price ranges, the main concern for me is simply, I don't want to dress up! But I do want tasty well made food.
We're from coastal NC where it's casual and hot and we just don't have a need for dressy clothing, nor do I want to pack those kind of clothes when most of the time we will be doing touristy stuff (museums) and wearing jeans. I will carry a dress with me, but it will be a casual one with sandals, and my hubby would have slacks & polo type shirts only.
Both EMP & Degustation sound incredible and I'd love to try either one - at least for our anniversary dinner, but I don't know if we could pass muster on dress codes ( neither has details on their website). I've been reading the CH boards till I'm cross eyed, - but folks don't say much about dress codes.

On previous trips we've been to Carnegie Deli & Katz's so this trip I plan to take RGR's recommendation for Sarges and may hit other spots mentioned in the LES food tour posting (hoping it gets updated before my trip). We will be going back to the Tenement museum so will be in the area for that.
We've been to Joe's and Lombardi's for pizza on previous visits.
Also interested in places to get a drink in the evening & relax that would close to our lodging.
Any comments on McSorley's or Blind Tiger?
And my final question is - where can we eat breakfast in GV early (7 - 8 am)? It seems like most places just don't open up very early - and we are early risers.

Carnegie Deli
854 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

Blind Tiger
281 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

McSorley's Old Ale House
15 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

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  1. If you're searching for place nearby, note that many people simply call the area the "West Village" now.

    I think given EMP's level of formality, you might feel out of place there for dinner, but not lunch. As for Degustation, you'll probably be OK. My husband often dines in a sportcoat with dress shirt but still wears jeans, but he wouldn't feel comfortable in just a polo shirt in a number of places. But overall, the West Village is fairly casual. Also if you have questions on the dress code, always feel free to call and ask!

    Given also that you are coming soon, I'd reserve ASAP.

    Love McSorley's and Blind Tiger but note they can get very crowded on weekends (may be better on a holiday weekend). They are nice late afternoon or pre-dinner spots though.

    As for breakfast...

    Blind Tiger
    281 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

    McSorley's Old Ale House
    15 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

    4 Replies
    1. re: kathryn

      Kathryn, thanks a bunch! Your breakfast/brunch info will be very helpful.
      Guess I'll have to abandon any thoughts of EMP but will see if I can get a resv for Degustation and will ask what they will tolerate for apparel.
      Hopefully we can get by with hubby in a S/S dress shirt and Dockers. He doesn't even own a sportcoat! no need for it here in the South.
      Our trip is Sun - Thurs so maybe won't have to contend with the "weekend" crowd problems
      Can you tell me if The Modern is casual at lunchtime (maybe just their Bar Room) - we'll be going to the MoMA on this trip and thought we might eat lunch there (after a morning on the Intrepid) or is there something else in that area you might recommend?

      1. re: Dkirk1

        Note that the Museum of Modern Art is closed Tuesdays.

        For the Modern, I'd say "smart casual" would be good for a lunch in the Bar Room (it's actually kinda swanky in terms of decor), not so much for the formal dining room.

        1. re: kathryn

          Thanks - Planning MoMa for Monday - I've built all my plans around what is open which day, it's been a challenge!

      2. re: kathryn

        Got the dinner reservation for Degustation - so that is one meal I don't have to worry about anymore!