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Jun 25, 2010 07:32 AM

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. :)

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

60 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

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

240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

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.

    Stanton Social
    99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

    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.

      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.

        370 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

        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.

        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.

        4 Replies
        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.

            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.

              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.

            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.

              Per Se
              10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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

              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.

              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.

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