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Mother/Daughter Foodie Week... Please review Itinerary :)

Hello, I just received great feedback from my first post on Chow Hound regarding Italian restaurants and would love help reviewing our entire plan for the week!

Background: Annual Mother/Daughter trip to NYC, we're from Miami area, both foodies, looking for excellent food with beautiful atmosphere. We will be in the city for 4 nights (mon - fri) and are centering our trip around dining! (Any $ amount is acceptable)

We are staying at The Peninsula and will be visiting the museums in that area on most days. But we would also like to see the other areas of the city.

Our current schedule:

Mon: Dinner - EMP
Tue: Lunch - ?
Dinner - ?
Wed: Lunch - ?
Dinner - Marea
Thu: Lunch - ?
Dinner - WD-50
Fri: Lunch - ? (Preferably near the Peninsula Hotel as we have a flight to catch)

*I definitely want to keep my reservation at EMP, but I'm flexible on all others. Wednesday night has to be a late dinner (11 pm or later) because of the theater. And I would like to have one of the dinners be at a "trendy/hip" place. There are so many wonderful restaurants in New York to choose from!

Here are some of the restaurants I'm interested in. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated! :)

Dinner: Hearth, Aldea, Public, Stanton Social, Grammercy Tavern, SHO, Corton. (Megu, Macao Trading Co. & Kittichai - they look so beautiful! How is the food?)

Lunch: Locanda Verde, Fig & Olive, Convivio, ABC Kitchen, Momofuku (not sure which one?), Dovetail, Blue Hill, Union Square Cafe, The Standard Grill, Prune, Blue Hill, Amazing 66)

Lastly, if anyone has a recommendation for a nice place to have an artisanal cocktail (like Death & Co) before EMP as it is a late reservation, that would be great!
I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts! Thank you in advance. :)

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WD-50
50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

Blue Hill
75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

Stanton Social
99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

Amazing 66
66 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

Fig & Olive
420 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10014

Kittichai
60 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

Convivio
45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

Corton
239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Macao Trading Co.
311 Church Street, New York, NY 10013

Marea
240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

Aldea
31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

Locanda Verde
377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

Standard Grill
848 Washington Street, New York, NY 10014

ABC Kitchen
35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003

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  1. Welcome back to NYC and you are going to have a great time. Your choices hit upon some of the best places to eat inthe city.

    Few comments on the above;
    I would avoid Kittichai. The place is beautiful but the food and service were dissapointing. I would also avoid Stanton Social unless your daughter is in her early 20s and you guys are up for a loud, hectic experience. The food is good but nothing you will remember the next day. I would replace these with Yerba Buena on Perry. Great food and excellent cocktails. Cool hood as well.
    Your lunches look fantastic. I did notice you dont have any street food or smaller mom and pop type places. DOnt miss out on these. Have fun and tell us about your experience.

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    Stanton Social
    99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

    Kittichai
    60 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

    Yerba Buena
    23 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

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    1. re: princeofpork

      Thanks! What "smaller" places or "street food" would you recommend us not missing? And Yerba Buena's menu looks great! Thanks for the rec.

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      Yerba Buena
      23 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

      1. re: kimmydix

        I love Apizz for italian and its in a great area. Great sandwiches at Defontes on 22 and 3rd or Lamazou on 27th and 3rd. One of the best street foods in the city is a Jamaican cart around 67th and 2nd.

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        Lamazou
        370 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

        Apizz
        217 Eldridge St., New York, NY 10002

      2. re: princeofpork

        I agree about Kittichai, though it's a nice place to have a drink.

        Momofuku - I've only been to Ssam, but don't think you can go wrong going there.

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        Kittichai
        60 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

      3. I would suggest you add The Modern to your list, either the Bar Room for a lunch or the more elegent Dining Room for a dinner. The restaurant is located in the MOMA so maybe you can check out the museum and then have a meal. Easily one of our current favorites in NYC.

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        1. re: Spiritchaser

          I especially like the Bar Room for cocktails. The Hinny Kick is my favorite drink.

          1. re: Nancy S.

            Do you like sushi? If so, how about 15 East or Yasuda for either lunch or dinner.

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            15 East
            15 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

            1. re: Yaxpac

              15 East is a great place to sit at the sushi bar. The sushi is fabulous, as is their soba, made by the former chef at Honmura An.

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              15 East
              15 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

          2. re: Spiritchaser

            I I love the Modern Bar Room for creative and delicious desserts. Food I can take it or leave it.

            Would not recommend Megu or Kittichai, Megu is a plain d-bag central (excuse my language but that's exactly how I feel about that place) and Kittichai, while the space is very pretty, food leaves MUCH to be desired.

            Momofuku Ssam is probably the best choice among all the Momofukus for this occasion.

            Standard Grill or Minetta Tavern for a trendy/hip place.

            EMP actually has a great cocktail list, IIRC. You could arrive early and have a cocktail or two at their bar before the dinner.

          3. http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2010/0...
            im not suggesting l'ecole but in this article (fine dining on a dime) they have various links to other lunch deals. you can look over them and see what you and your daughter like best.

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            1. re: daffyduck

              what about all the 4 star places from the ny times such as Masa, Per Se, Jean Georges, 1 Madison, Le Bernadin? i am not from new york and so do not feel myself qualified to judge.

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              Per Se
              10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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

              Masa
              10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

              1. re: cambridgedoctpr

                11 madison and jean george, are in the link. i dont think the other places you mentioned have lunch at prices under 30 dollars though. i think it's smarter to try out places with great lunch deals and do dinner at places that dont have very affordable lunch options, this way u save money while sampling some high quality places.

            2. The Restaurant at The Peninsula is very nice. You can have lunch then go to your room and checkout if they let you check out late. I love Harry Cipriani's on 5th Ave. in the Sherry Netherland Hotel for lunch and/or dinner. I love the food and service and the room is nice. I also like Cafe Boulud for lunch. You can walk Madison Ave. N shopping and have lunch there on 76th St. That's a lot of shopping from 5th to 59th on 5th then 1 block over to Madison and 17 blocks to CB. Cafe Boulud is also a few blocks from Met Museum of Art and Whitney Museum.

              A wonderful place for lunch with a tremendous view is The Water Club on 30th St. overlooking the E. River. The food is very nice and the atmosphere is as well.

              In regards to your bar question the bar at The Peninsula is very nice. Also the bar at New York Palace Hotel is nice. And next door to Cipriani's is the bar at The Pierre which is nice. Have a great trip.

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              Cafe Boulud
              20 East 76th St., New York, NY 10021

              Harry Cipriani
              781 5th Ave, New York, NY 10022

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              1. re: Littleman

                Isn't Cipriani's just unbelieveably expensive for the quality of the food?

              2. You are next almost next door to the Modern in the MOMA. I would definitely go there, not just because of the food. I had dinner in the Bar room twice and loved both experiences. The setting is beautiful and the food is as good as the decor!

                If you love old style Italian, I had dinner near your hotel at Il Tinello. I had the Ceasar salad prepared table side and it was excellent. It is not a trendy restaurant. It is more old style but with incredible service. I loved my dinner there. The only downside was the wine by the glass.

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                Il Tinello
                16 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

                1. I just got back from a foodie adventure in NY myself. We did our post-theater meal at Aureole, and it was a great deal and wonderful food. They have a menu called Bubbles After Broadway. For $35, you get a glass of delish Pommery Champagne + main course + dessert. It was the perfect portion for a late dinner, and the decor is very pretty.

                  We also enjoyed our steak dinner at BLT Prime in Grammercy. The food was really great...we had seven people for a birthday dinner, and we all loved the food + the free extras they give. Before your meal comes, they bring amouse bouche + pate and toasted bread + charcuterie plate + pickled veggies. With the bill, they brought a little dessert bite for all of us...mini lava cakes (two bites big).

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

                  1. Also from out of town and thumbs up on ABC...had a fantastic lunch there and fun to poke around that area (mother daughter suggestion...go to Journelle on 17th before or after and lingerie shop together)...at ABC don't miss the Crab Toast...everthing was terrific
                    I would also suggest Graffiti on E. 10th because its so original and such a wonderful atmosphere...every foodie I send there from out of town loves it..and then you can go to Chikalicious for dessert! Both a nice contrast to the other places you are going

                    1. You definitely did your research!
                      Places I would recommend that you mentioned include Public, Convivio (though if you are already going to Marea there will be some similarities of style), and Prune, to give you different atmospheres and expose you to different areas of town than you have already chosen. Momofuku Ssam bar would work well for lunch, though I wouldn't choose it as a dinner option. Fig & Olive I was not particularly impressed by, and I will echo the comment that Stanton Social is not as much of a foodie concept.

                      For a cocktail near EMP: try Raines Law Room, a spot southwest of there but within walking distance. A neat atmosphere (armchairs around parlor-style tables up front) and not too crowded early in the night. A nice selection of artisanal cocktails; IMHO not as inventive as Death or PDT, but still a good spot. A little farther away but a spot that would work if you're willing to walk farther is Mayahuel, a tequila/mezcal spot that manages to be inventive despite their narrow focus.

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

                      Stanton Social
                      99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

                      Fig & Olive
                      420 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10014

                      Convivio
                      45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

                      Raines Law Room
                      48 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011

                      Mayahuel
                      304 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003

                      Marea
                      240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

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                      1. re: orthorunner

                        Closer is Flatiron Lounge which is a good choice as it's a little on the fancier side.

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                        Flatiron Lounge
                        37 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

                      2. Definitely skip: Public, Stanton Social, Megu, Macao Trading Co., Kittichai, Fig & Olive. As mentioned, there are simply too many great restaurants in NYC to warrant going to the ones with forgettable foods especially when you're in town for a limited period of time.

                        Blue Hill's only ok, I wasn't completely blown away by it.

                        Momofuku Noodle and Ssam are both amazing. (Have not tried Ko personally, but reservations are hard to come by.) Ma Peche is only ok/pretty good in my book, but since lots of hounds have raved about it, and it's just around the corner from your hotel, I think it's the perfect choice for your Friday lunch prior to the airport.

                        Regarding "a nice place to have an artisanal cocktail (like Death & Co) before EMP", where will you be coming from that day? I was going to suggest Pegu Club in SoHo - it's not exactly on the way if you're coming from uptown, but it's just a quick cab/subway ride away.

                        Here are my restaurant suggestions based around experiencing a variety of Manhattan neighborhoods:

                        Mon: Dinner - EMP (Gramercy)

                        Tue: Lunch - Dim Sum Go Go? (only if you're interested in seeing Chinatown)
                        Trendy/Hip Dinner - En Japanese Brasserie? (West Village) Stroll over to Blue Ribbon Downing Street Bar for drinks and small plates afterwards since you're in the neighborhood anyway. Hopefully you'll have a second stomach for this ;)

                        Wed: Lunch - Momofuku Ssam Bar/Momofuku Noodle Bar? (East Village)
                        Dinner - Marea (Columbus Circle)

                        Thu: Lunch - Cafe Cluny/Market Table/Pearl Oyster Bar? (West Village) - take a stroll on the Highline and go gallery hopping in Chelsea afterwards?
                        Dinner - WD-50 (Lower East Side). Pre/post-dinner - lots of live music venues in the area. Check to see if there's a band you're interested in seeing. Rockwood Music Hall is free with no drink minimum.

                        Fri: Lunch - Ma Peche, then Momofuku Milk Bar to pick up some cookies and cake truffles to take on the flight? Not to be missed: cereal milk soft serve!

                        By the way, the atmosphere for my lunch recommendations are more casual and showcases the downtown scene/sensibility.

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                        WD-50
                        50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

                        Blue Ribbon Downing Street Bar
                        34 Downing St, New York, NY 10014

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

                        Blue Hill
                        75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

                        En Japanese Brasserie
                        435 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014

                        Stanton Social
                        99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

                        Dim Sum Go Go
                        5 E Broadway, New York, NY 10038

                        Fig & Olive
                        420 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10014

                        Kittichai
                        60 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

                        Momofuku Noodle Bar
                        171 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

                        Pegu Club
                        77 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012

                        Macao Trading Co.
                        311 Church Street, New York, NY 10013

                        Rockwood Music Hall
                        184 Allen St, New York, NY 10002

                        Marea
                        240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

                        Megu
                        62 Thomas St, New York, NY 10013

                        Momofuku Milk Bar
                        251 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003

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

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                        1. re: Noodle fanatic

                          Love your suggestions but have to disagree about EN Japanese Brassiere, we had an awful meal end to end. Not a singe dish that hit the table was memorable and we ordered a lot of dishes.

                          1. re: princeofpork

                            Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy EN - it's actually one of my favorite restaurants in Manhattan. What did you order? Are you a fan of tofu? (That's their highlight!) Here are the dishes I love most there: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7133... I find that EN is most appealing to those who appreciate authentic Japanese food, so if you fall under the more fusiony camp, I could see why you wouldn't be a fan.

                            1. re: princeofpork

                              I normally disagree with almost every suggestion from Noodle Fanatic, but I think EN is great as well. The food is a bit too subtle for most people who arent accustomed to eating what I guess is essentially obanzai cuisine.