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Three days in NYC: Scarpetta, Blue Hill, Cafe Boulud, Momofuku Ko and more

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My husband and I spent a long weekend in Manhattan last weekend and since I always get so much help from the Chowhound board, I wanted to post some of my thoughts on our experiences to hopefully help future diners.

This time around, I wrote separate, longer reviews on our "main" restaurants so this one wouldn't get too overwhelming. Hopefully I can manage to get the links to those reviews embedded here so you can see the details.

Thursday night: Scarpetta. We flew in on Thursday and luckily, even with a delay, still made it for our reservation at Scarpetta. We'd heard good things about it and were staying in Chelsea, so it made for a perfect match. We very much enjoyed our meal and the wine list is really interesting. Only complaint was that it was a little warm in the restaurant despite the fact that we got lucky to be there when it wasn't quite as hot as it had been outside.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/726155

Friday lunch: Keste for pizza. We had the Pizza del Re, which is so rich with the truffle spread--I'd definitely have it again when I return! We also had a special pizza with burrata, basil and grape tomatoes, which was nice and fresh. I loved the crust that had a little chew to it and couldn't believe how quick it was from ordering to eating.

Friday night: Blue Hill. We really enjoyed our evening here. As you'll see in the review, we were lucky enough to just have the chef cook for us and the freshness of flavor and lovely plating along with the comfortable room and friendly staff really made for a nice evening.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/726179

Saturday lunch: Luke's Lobster. We each had a lobster roll and then also split a crab roll. While the crab roll was good, the lobster roll was great. My husband's family lives on Cape Cod, so I've had lobster rolls from several different places, but I really liked the not to mayonaise-y flavor along with a really nice amount of lobster and the toasty lobster roll.

Saturday afternoon snack: Casa Mono. We had walked around for quite a while since lunch so decided we deserved a snack. We had some rose cava along with a watermelon, goat cheese salad, bacalao with orange alioli, duck heart pinxtos and pork croquetas with green tomatoes. It was a perfect time of the day for them and the restaurant had some patrons, but wasn't packed, so it really felt like a nice European snack. I don't know that I'd go for dinner or wait to be seated, but it was great for our purposes.

Saturday night: Cafe Boulud. For some reason, choosing our Saturday night restaurant was our biggest challenge. We changed our mind several times, but ultimately decided we wanted to go to a Daniel Boulud restaurant and chose Cafe Boulud. It was a nice evening.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/726188

Saturday later night: Terrior Tribeca. We hadn't managed to fit this wine bar in yet on our visit, so decided another bottle of wine was in order. And it was the Summer of Riesling, so we had a bottle of riesling, of course. Next time, I want to come back when I'm hungry and try out some of their food, too.

Sunday lunch: Momofuku Ko. Despite hearing some grumbling about the service, we decided to keep our reservation and check out Ko. We were really glad we did and I would go back in a different season to see what was new on the menu.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/726197

Looking forward to our next trip--still so many restaurants to try! Thanks again to everyone who helped with input.

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

Casa Mono
52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

Blue Hill
75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

Momofuku Ko
163 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

Scarpetta
355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

Luke's Lobster
93 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

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  1. I should also note that in reviewing all our food from the weekend, my husband and I tried to determine the single best dish and narrowed it down to two: the Farm Egg at Blue Hill and the pasta course at Momofuku Ko.