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Aug 30, 2010 11:50 AM

8 Days of Eating in NYC

Not that I want to plan my trip around food, but I really think I'm going to...Really need to narrow down my restaurant lists....I'll be in NYC from Sept. 23-30 and I'm staying in the East Village and would love to get a list of local places.

I'm on a wait list for Per Se and am thinking EMP as my back up for my one really expensive dinner.

Debating between Mario Batali restaurants or Daniel Bolud for another meal.

On my list of want to try....

Amy Ruth's
Momofuku (not sure which one)
Rhong-Tiam Express
Falai Panatteria
Blue Smoke
Katz's (only because every time I've been to NYC I've never been and am staying around the corner from it)

On the 25th, we're going to a Red Sox/Yankees game and would love to go to a restaurant in the Bronx.

I love good food whether it's from a hole in the wall or a higher end restaurant. I know everybody has different ideas but I've always gotten some great ideas from these boards so I know that you'll not steer me wrong!

I would love to go to a really great Italian restaurant while I'm here. I'll be doing pizza quite a bit - (Grimaldi's has been my nemesis in that every time I've been to NYC, something has stopped me from getting in there but not this time!) and have been to Lombardi's, Joe's and John's over the years.

I have 8 days of eating to do on this trip and tend to take advantage of every minute of it!

Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

Amy Ruth's
113 W 116th St, New York, NY 10026

68 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

Blue Smoke
116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

Rhong-Tiam Express
31 E 21st St, New York, NY 10010

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  1. Well you have certainly opened yourself up to a lot of possibilities. Seems like you do not have much of a price restriction. One thing I would ask if where are you coming from? You probably would do yourself well to try some things that are unique to NYC that you cannot get while at home. Anyway, here is a quick list of some of my favorite places.

    To answer your last question first, here are my recs for great Italian- Babbo, Alto, Scarpetta, Marea, Convivio, Maialino, Il Mulino

    If you are into steakhouses we have some of the best in the country. If you want a truly New York experience I strongly encourage you to venture out to Peter Luger in Brooklyn. The rave reviews of this instituion are definitely warranted. Here are some of my other favorites- Keens (truly a NYC treasure), Strip House (fun atmosphere, modern take on classic steakhouse), Old Homestead (another classic), BLT Prime (one of the "nouveau" steakhouses), Quality Meats (ditto BLT Prime).

    For "special" over the top meals I have had some of the best meals of my life at EMP, Daniel, Gotham Bar and Grill.

    For incredible American cuisine I strongly recommend Craft, which is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. But again, if you live in a city like Dallas or LA that already has it I could see you skipping it.

    Some other places I like- Amy Ruth's as you mentioned, Katz (definitely go), Shopsin's (located in the Essex Market--incredible menu and quirky place.

    For Breakfast/Brunch- Clinton St. Bakery, Jane. (Basically just look up Kathryn's list of brunch places)

    For snacks, little bites, desserts, etc.- Pommes Frites (belgian frites shop), Sundaes and Cones, Grom, L'Arte Del Gelato, Lula's Sweet Apothecary, City Bakery, Levain Bakery (best cookies in the universe wow)

    This is just a REALLY quick rundown off the top of my head and I know I am leaving out TONS and TONS of great places but here is just a quick start. I'll let the other people add more.

    L'Arte del Gelato
    75 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014

    Sundaes and Cones
    95 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003

    110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

    Amy Ruth's
    113 W 116th St, New York, NY 10026

    Il Mulino
    86 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012

    City Bakery
    3 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

    BLT Prime
    111 East 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010

    Pommes Frites
    123 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

    Gotham Bar and Grill
    12 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003

    Quality Meats
    57 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019

    Old Homestead
    56 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

    Levain Bakery
    167 W 74th St, New York, NY 10023

    233 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

    355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

    45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

    Lula's Sweet Apothecary
    516 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009

    240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

    Strip House
    13 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

    2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

    1. Definitely do EMP (don't think of EMP as a "back-up" to Per Se; I've dined at both, and while I love both, I'd give an edge to EMP for their service. Also EMP is about 1/2 the price of Per Se).

      If you can get a reservation for Momofuku Ko, definitely take it (7 days in advance for dinner; 14 days in advance for lunch); reservations are available on their website beginning at 10 a.m. each day. Since there are only 12 seats, reservations are gone within 30 seconds.

      I enjoy Chikalicious Dessert Bar for their wonderful cupcakes.

      1. I was researching a few months ago also, made this map, mostly base on researching from chowhound. feel free to use.

        jim from toronto

        1. Chickaliscious serves amazing desserts, but it's a small place so try to go early if you can to avoid the lines.

          1. Thanks for all the great ideas. I'm coming from about an hour outside of Toronto and this isn't my first trip to NYC but it's been 2 years since I've been there and have 8 days there this time which is far more than I normally do so I intend to eat my way through the city!