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Going to NYC in about three weeks....need suggestions please!!!

I am thrilled to be going to NYC for the third time and this time my hubby is coming with!!! We are both from Texas and we love to eat!!! We are arriving on a Thursday and leaving Tuesday. We both do not really like fast food but we do like burgers if we do eat take out. Our favorite restaurants here are Ruth Chris, Houstons, Maggianos, Corner Bakery, Grimaldis, and Fogo de Chao. We are staying in Midtown and if the food is good we will venture out. My husband just loves meat in general and I love chicken. We would like to keep our dinner meals under 100 dollars.

Thurday: I was thinking Fig and Olive for dinner (I think we will be tired and jet lagged and it is close to our hotel.

Friday: We are going museums and I was thinking maybe Boathouse for lunch and we have reservations at STK for dinner.

Sat: shopping in Soho or Bloomingdales...was thinking about Serendipity for desert not really sure about lunch and dinner.

Sunday: We are going to the Yankee game and then probably after Coney Island

Monday: We have no plans but for sure I know I will be at Columbia in the early evening and need a rec for dinner.

Tuesday we leave and I was thinking Sarabeths for breakfast.

Any ideas are helpful and we love PIZZA!!!!! I heard that OTTO is good. For lunch I would like to keep it really fresh like salad or sandwiches. My hubby loves steaks!!!! I also need an req for somewhere near Battery Park =)

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STK
26 Little West 12th St, New York, NY 10014

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  1. Under $100 per person or for 2?

    1. for 2 maybe a little more

      1. > Thurday: I was thinking Fig and Olive for dinner (I think we will be tired and jet lagged and it is close to our hotel.

        Where is your hotel? There may be a tastier alternative nearby. Can you tell us the intersection?

        > Friday: We are going museums and I was thinking maybe Boathouse for lunch and we have reservations at STK for dinner.

        What museums are you going to? The Met? Guggenheim? Whitney? Natural History (which is actually on the UWS whereas the others are UES)? Museum of Modern Art (which is in Midtown)? Dependent upon where you are the Boathouse may not actually be that convenient.

        For your steak dinner, I would also consider Keens, which is a slice of New York history and a really great place to go as an out of town visitor.

        > Sat: shopping in Soho or Bloomingdales...was thinking about Serendipity for desert not really sure about lunch and dinner.

        There is a Bloomindale's in Soho, too, BTW. For lunch, most places will be swamped and serving a brunch menu (brunch is all weekend here in NYC). I highly recommend making a reservation if you can. Soho has a richer dining scene than the area immediately around Bloomingdale's on 59th which tends to be rather touristy due to the park and the Apple Store and hotels/department stores.

        > Sunday: We are going to the Yankee game and then probably after Coney Island

        Geographically they are VERY far apart from each other and will take a while on public transit (probably 1.5 hrs on the train). Are you sure you want to do this? Also for dining options near either Yankee Stadium or Coney Island I would post to the Outer Boroughs board (my favorite option near Coney Island is Totonno's but they close on the early side). What time is the game?

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        STK
        26 Little West 12th St, New York, NY 10014

        Totonno's
        1544 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

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        1. re: kathryn

          If you go to Bloomingdale's you can eat there at Train Bleu. You can eat at NYY Steak at Yankee Stadium. The Boathouse is a good choice if you do the Met or the Frick. Don't go to Coney Island, you really don't have time this trip and it would be too far on the subway.

          1. re: bronwen

            I can't believe Le Train Bleu is still open. Yes, it's a viable place to go if you're in the Bloomingdales building, unless you want to go down a few blocks and over to La Grenouille (sp?) for one of the finest lunch bargains in New York; not inexpensive, but a good value.

            Coney Island's still a hoot. You can't get a chow mein sandwich any more at Nathan's; but just eat what you can fit -- don't miss the crinkle-cut fries, the hot dogs -- nor the frogs legs. Yes -- they have frogs' legs at the Coney Island Nathan's. There's also a serviceable Italian joint right there in the thick of things (the name escapes me but they're very good).

            You've got a great "slice" of the Big Apple planned and I'd hazard a guess you'll love every single choice you make, from food-cart to white-tablecloth!

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            La Grenouille
            3 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

            Le Train Bleu
            1000 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022

        2. Keen's is a great suggestion for steaks and others meats, notably the mutton chop, along with a museum-like slice of old New York. Also, not a chain like Ruth's Chris, totally unique.

          Please note that the Soho branch of Bloomingdale's is quite small -- mostly select edgy designers -- and not a substitute for the flagship store. If you do go to the main Bloomie's on Saturday (in July not too packed) and like Cuban food, I highly recommend Cabana a block up Third Ave. between 60-61 Streets. The lunch specials are a particulary amazing deal for that neighborhood. I would suggest skipping Serendipity, which is a real tourist trap.

          1. Yankee game(Bronx) -> Coney Island(S. Brooklyn), fairly long trip by subway. I could see it being as much as 2-3 hrs each way (MTA trip planer has it at about an hour and a half), including walking to and from stations. Governors Island might work for you, check hours of operation.

            Coney Island: See posts about Totonno's pizza and the various Russian/eastern europrean restaurants. On your way to Coney Island you can stop at DiFara's Pizza.

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            Totonno's
            1544 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

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            1. re: Geo8rge

              Dom has been closing Di Fara the last few Sundays due to the heat so no guarantees they'll be open. Keep an eye on their Facebook page.