Top 5 "Must Eats" in NYC
My sister's coming to NYC and I want to give her the gastronomic time of her life. But I'm not talking about a blow-out $2,000 dinner at Le Bernadin. I mean little, incredible experiences here and there, whether upscale or downscale (kickin' it old-school-chowhound.com here!).
Here's a few I already have in mind:
1. Cereal Milk soft serve at Momofuku Milk Bar ($4)
2. Foie Gras Cree Brulee at Jean George ($20)
3. Halumi Eggs at Cafe Mogador ($9)
4. Maialino at Mailino ($70)
5. Short Ribs Rendang at Fatty Crab ($25)
6. Pork Sandwich at Porchetta ($8)
Please name your ultimate 5 NYC dishes, inc restaurant and (approx) price. Thanks!
1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023
101 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003
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110 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009
Momofuku Milk Bar
251 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003
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If I had a sister visiting, I'd probably hit up:
1. Momofuku pork buns, if you're at Milk Bar anyway ($9)
2. Dessert at ChikaLicious, especially the "cheesecake" ($14 prix fixe, $21 with wine pairing)
3. Sushi at Sushi Yasuda (varies, there are set meals in the $30s, and a la carte is however much you want it to be).
4. Ten-course tasting menu at Degustation for $75 or five-course for $50.
5. Pasta and small appetizers at Otto (~$20 a person)
I avoided single dishes at really upscale restaurants, as they're probably less useful, but spaghetti with tomato and basil at Scarpetta ($23, ridiculous but so good), fusilli with red-wine braised octopus and bone marrow at Marea (something ridiculous also, but unbeatable pasta), burger at Minetta Tavern ($26, again).
Also, Doughnut Plant and Otafuku for quick tasty nibbles.
204 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017
113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012
379 Grand St, New York, NY 10002
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top 5 "nyc" savory
1. degustation (if i had to pick one dish it would be the duck egg mousse, or maybe the croquetas, or the sea urchin soup) ($5-10) (10 course tasting is 75$)
2. bbq octupus-babbo ($15)
3. pizza del re-keste ($19)
4. mutton chop-keens ($45)
5. super heebster-russ and daughters ($10.45) of course while you're there you should stop by Katz for a pastrami reuben (15.75$) tell your sandwich maker to grill the rye bread. The sandwich needs the crunch of the griddle. while you're at russ and daughters you should try their fishes, bagels, rugelahs, etc.
i would have said the Fregola sarda with veal sweetbreads from EMP but it's no longer on the menu =[.
top 5 "nyc" sweets
1. Kee's Chocolates
2. Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookie-Levain ($4)
3. Nutella Mocha Milkshake-Shopsin's ($5.95)
4. Babka-Andres Bakery ($12), they don't sell slices. If you don't want a whole loaf you could get a slice of chocolate cheesecake at Katz or a blk\white at donut pub.
5. Cannolo gelato-Bruno Bakery ($4), if you sister likes her ice cream\gelato thick she'd like Otto more.
I was going mention the maple mascarpone cheesecake at Babbo but that's no longer on the menu the maple budino at locanda verde. The things I listed are more ny oriented since well executed restaurant desserts can be done anywhere. If my sister were coming I would go to the outer boros a lot since there's tons of stuff there that can't be found anywhere else. so you should try posting this there. you should also try a walking tour of chinatown if you search the boards you should find it.
80 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012
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> 1. degustation (if i had to pick one dish it would be the duck egg mousse, or maybe the croquetas, or the sea urchin soup) ($5-10) (10 course tasting is 75$)
It's a small place and all counter seating, so I would reserve and make a meal out of it. Not sure those prices are accurate as I walk past the place often and the ten course tasting is now $80. Also their menu is market driven and those particular dishes may not be on the menu when you visit.
> 2. bbq octupus-babbo ($15)
To clarify, this is GRILLED octopus. Not BBQ. There is no barbecue sauce or barbecue spice rub and it is not cooked low and slow for hours overnight..
whoops sorry. i think Babbo changed their menu. it may have been called something else but i remember an octupus appetizer with a bbq sauce-like component to it?
the croquetas are 5 dollars at degustation and the sea urchin soup is 10 dollars. the duck egg mousse with lamb bacon isnt on the menu but it was on the 10 course tasting, i dont know if it still is. but it's a very nice place so i would also make a meal out of it.
1. Langoustine (the prep changes regularly), Le Bernardin (varies)
2. The Laiskonis Egg, Le Bernardin (Free! Well, sort of...)
3. Roasted bone marrow with baguette soldiers and shallot confit, Minetta Tavern ($15)
4. Sicilian slice straight out of the oven, Di Fara ($5)
5. Fresh champagne truffle, Kee's Chocolates ($2.45)
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80 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012
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