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Aug 16, 2010 01:42 PM

three meals in NYC for two girls on the town

my friend and i will be in NYC on business with time to kill to eat and shop, and i'm trying to plan our eating to our best advantage... we're both game for anything. I'm really into strong fresh flavors, anchovies, fresh herbs, olives, cured meats, and wine. also love japanese. we prefer casual vs. formal dining. Japanese for the lunch and rustic italian for dinner is a plus. we will mostly be taking the subway, but are game for walking.

Lunch on day one--we arrive to Penn Station, drop our bags at hotel at 49th and Broadway, and will go downtown to Century 21 for shopping, making our way north for a late afternoon business meeting. Lunch would be either near the hotel, or downtown. prefer under $25. really great sandwiches/salads, or japanese, or ?? We are adventurous, but want something convenient to where we will be.

Dinner on day one--just the two of us, around 9 pm, will travel. Something with good/creative/interesting food, not crazy expensive, and fairly-priced wine/alcohol. This might call for small plates, and type of food is flexible. I like the oportunity to try a bunch of things/flavor combinations that i wouldn't fix at home. Total bill under $75 each woudl be ideal. Inoteca would fit the bill (it was a long time ago that I was there, I don't know if it is still as good?). Safe area at night for two women is also important. Fun environment is a plus.

Next morning, going between the hotel (49th and broadway) and Penn station, in search of great coffee and pastries.

So admittedly, not much work, more play, and thanks in advance. I hope I have provided enough detail....

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  1. Two places with small plates come to mind: La Fonda del Sol (Spanish tapas) and Pera (Turkish-mediterranean). Both fun, lively rooms. Both in midtown not too far from your hotel.

    303 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10017

    La Fonda del Sol
    200 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10020

    1. Meal 1-15 east has a 28 dollar lunch prix fix and I'm a big fan of that restaurant. it's japenese
      Meal 2-I like Casa Mono for small plates it's gets crowded though. DBGB could also work and Stanton Social. I never tried the later though.
      Meal 3-I can't think of any places sorry. I do like Maialino for coffee and pastries but that's around 21st and Lex.

      Casa Mono
      52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

      Stanton Social
      99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

      299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

      2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

      1. Dinner on day 1, definitely Annisa -- owned by a woman chef, very female-friendly, cook atmosphere, delicious food, hip but not too. Lots of Big Taste.

        13 Barrow Street, New York, NY 10014

        1. You might try Ssam Bar for lunch. You can take the subway right outside of Century 21 up to Union Square and it's a 5 minute walk. Agree on DBGB. Very safe for two ladies and good eats! Love your screenname, BTW.

          299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

          2 Replies
          1. re: nyctripper

            Degustation was the highlight of my last trip. DBGB was just o.k.

            299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

            1. re: trishottawa

              i love degustation but it will be hard to do with alcohol for less than 75 dollars.

          2. lunch near hotel - Sapporo for soba
            dinner at 'inoteca
            breakfast at Cupcake Cafe

            323 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010