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Sep 3, 2010 11:10 AM

NYC for the first time!

I'll only be in NY for the weekend. We land at 5am so I'd like to have a nice early breakfast somewhere. (Does Russ & Daughters open early? I'd love to have NY's best lox)

For lunch, maybe Katz's for pastrami and/or halal's for cart food. Should I spend the money and get Pearl Oyster's lobster roll for lunch one of the 2 days?

For dinner with my husband, I was thinking Degustation or Babbo. We're celebrating our 5 year anniversary so maybe we'll do a tasting menu. Any other dinner recs?

Sunday brunch, I'd like to try crispo for the bone marrow dish. Do you prefer Blue Ribbon better?

And what is the deal with Momofoku? Is it fusion asian food? Because we've got a lot of that here in LA. Is it THAT worth it to brave the lines?

Any other recs? Thanks so much!

Russ & Daughters
179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

Pearl Oyster Bar
18 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014

110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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  1. Unfortunately, Russ & Daughters doesn't open quite that early, assuming you get into the city around 7 or so.

    Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
    Saturday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
    Sunday: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM

    But Balthazar, The Breslin, and City Bakery all open fairly early.

    Links (City Bakery doesn't list hours on their site, regardless, I'd call ahead to confirm):

    Breakfast and brunch in Manhattan

    Pearl Oyster Bar is not open for weekend lunch and is closed on Sundays. If you are only here Saturday and Sunday, then Saturday dinner would be your only shot.

    Lunch Mon-Fri: 12pm - 2:30pm
    Dinner Mon-Sat: 6pm-11pm

    I love both Degustation and Babbo. Note that Babbo is closed on Sundays. Degustation is open on Sundays but only until 10pm and doesn't take reservations on Sundays (They take them the other nights of the week). Neither restaurant is open for lunch, so you'd only be able to do Babbo for Saturday dinner or Degustation for Saturday or Sunday dinner.

    When are you coming? A Saturday night reservation at Babbo can be hard to get unless you call at 10am one month in advance to the numerical day.

    Haven't been to Crispo so I can't compare with Blue Ribbon but Blue Ribbon's is great because of their house baked challah bread. I assume you mean Blue Ribbon Brasserie on Sullivan Street and not the Blue Ribbon Bakery a few blocks away.

    There are multiple Momofuku restaurants and some are very expensive where others are not quite as expensive (but it's NOT cheap eats):
    - Momofuku Ko is an upscale fine dining experience w/ a tasting menu, online reservations only, only 12 seats, very expensive. They don't serve the famous pork buns.
    - Ma Peche, the newest one, is located in Midtown and serves sophisticated French-Vietnamese food, and is expensive but not as expensive as Ko. They don't serve the famous pork buns. They have a large format feast called the Beef 7 Ways. Reservations only available online.
    - Momofuku Bakery & Milk Bar is takeout/counter-service only, but it's not a place to sit and have a meal as they have no seats, and very few savory items. There's one in the East Village and one in Midtown. Cookies, cake balls, pies, soft serve, some savory breads, milks, alcoholic milkshakes, pork buns.
    - Momofuku Ssam Bar is a small plates restaurant: Korean, Japanese, French, Southern-influenced. No reservations unless you reserve a large group meal called a Bo Ssam. They also have a lunch prix fixe, I think it's $25.
    - Momofuku Noodle Bar is a ramen focused restaurant, that also has some other small plates. A lot of ramen-o-philes don't think highly of Noodle Bar's ramen. No reservations unless you reserve a large group meal of their signature fried chicken. They also have a lunch prix fixe (recently upped to $30) and a dinner prix fixe (not sure about the current price).

    Menus here but without prices:


    Russ & Daughters
    179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

    Pearl Oyster Bar
    18 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014

    110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

    Momofuku Ssam Bar
    207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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

    240 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

    Momofuku Noodle Bar
    171 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

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

    The Breslin
    20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

    Ma Peche
    15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

    3 Replies
    1. re: kathryn

      According the website, Babbo is open on Sundays, 5:00 pm to 10:45 pm.


      110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

      1. re: kathryn

        Babbo is open on Sundays. I have a reservation there on the Sunday night of our trip in fact.

        1. re: KateMW

          Thanks! I must have forgotten that they changed the hours.

      2. russ and daughter opens at 8am or 9am on saturday. it's not sit down either. at 5am? you can go to h&h bagel or if you want to sit down you could go to stage deli or carneige.

        1. Barney Greengrass opens at 8:30 am, they are a sit down restaurant and they have very good smoked fish and an old-fashioned authentic vibe. I like the lox eggs and onions to share and then everyone gets a bagel sandwich. I like the sturgeon on rye with butter and sliced onions.
          Russ and Daughter will make you sandwiches to go that you can go eat in a nearby park, if the weather is good. They do have the best lox. And the best herring as well. And the best whitefish salad, which is whitefish and salmon salad mixed.

          Barney Greengrass
          541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

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          1. re: thehungrything

            Second the idea of having breakfast at Barney Greengrass.

            I also like to have a Doughnut Plant doughnut when I visit NYC. In addition to the actual Doughnut Plant in the LES, their doughnuts are available at Joe the Art of Coffee in Grand Central Station, and at Dean and Deluca (which has a Rockefeller location as well as the original SoHo location). http://www.doughnutplant.com/

            I was curious about the Momofuku candybar pie and crack pie, so I picked up some slices at the Milk Bar located in midtown on W 56th (already mentioned by kathryn above). Their pastries are a novelty, but I'm glad I tried them. I ended up liking the candybar pie & compost cookies more than the famous crack pie. I also tried an egg and ham bun- sort of a rich and cheesy cross between a Chinese bun and an Egg McMuffin. midtown Milk Bar menu: http://www.momofuku.com/wp-content/up...

            Barney Greengrass
            541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

            Doughnut Plant
            379 Grand St, New York, NY 10002

          2. NY Pizza and a lot of it. I would look in the "best" forums for one in an area you are going to be. A fresh new york slice of plain cheese pizza is a wondrous thing. I left NY a while back and it is always the first thing I go and get.

            1. If it's this weekend you're coming, be aware that Babbo takes reservations 1 month inn advance and usually fills up fast. However, there is a small table for walk-ins by the bar. If you arrive when they open around 5:30 you usually can scorce the walk-in table.

              110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011