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Trip to NYC with a special girl. Need help!!

My daughter(fellow foodie at the ripe age of 11) and I will visit NYC next weekend. This is her first trip to the city. We are staying at the London. She is requesting the following which I will need you help and advice:

Friday Central Park – Thinking of packing a picnic – Bouchon Bakery? Zabar’s? We will make a stop at Grom. I must pick up a great croissant for our picnic.
Friday early dinner before Wicked (8 pm show) - ?
Saturday - Brunch at Locande Verde – what should we not miss?
Saturday – late lunch near hotel. She loves pizza, sushi and has mentioned wanting to try the hand- pulled noodle.

I was considering EMP – I am being selfish because I am dying to try the new menu;however I think it is out of her realm a bit. She is a foodie and very mannerly I might add however she is young.
Thanks in advance!

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Bouchon Bakery
10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

Grom
233 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

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  1. You might want to try Ma Peche (near your hotel) for Friday pre-theatre. It's the newest David Chang restaurant, and since I eat there almost every week, I can vouch that the food is excellent! They start dinner service early (5:00 p.m.)

    I couldn't tell when you were thinking about EMP. It's definitely a foodie's dream restaurant! Definitely would not recommend pre-theatre since you wouldn't have enough time to enjoy yourselves. EMP is also open for lunch (but not on the weekend).

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

    1. 1. If you can actually get the EMP res on such short notice, grab it. We've seen (well-behaved) kids way younger than 11 there (NB: haven't been since The Change, but have been under Humm).

      2. For pre-theater, there are a ton of threads on this board. But, check out this Village Voice food blog piece already referenced by kathryn today:

      http://blogs.villagevoice.com/forkint...

      Szechuan Gourmet (#7) is do-able pre-Wicked (and will be a test of just how much of a foodie the kid is). Plus, there are recs in there for the hand-pulled noodles in Manhattan (just not near The London).

      3. For the Central Park picnic, try The Plaza Food Hall, which would be fun for the kid to check out:

      http://www.theplazafoodhall.com/

      Have fun!

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      Szechuan Gourmet
      21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

      Plaza Food Hall
      1 W 59th St, New York, NY 10019

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      1. re: Andy T.

        2nd the Plaza Food Hall for your picnic. You can always swing by Bouchon Bakery for a small treat to take back to the hotel just so she can experience the building. Definitely take the EMP reservation if you can get it. I'm sure they'll do small modifications to their dishes for your daughter if necessary.

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        Bouchon Bakery
        10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

        Plaza Food Hall
        1 W 59th St, New York, NY 10019

      2. For Friday's Central Park: go to Columbus Circle and either stop at Bouchon bakery or just head downstairs to the whole foods and get something there. (they have prepared foods already packaged, food counters, food buffet...everything!)

        Friday dinner: I like Blue Ribbon Sushi (there's always great sushi there and other fare - if she loves marrow, go for the marrow fried rice), try MaPeche or Caselula if you want smaller homey bites

        Saturday at Locande Verde: omg i love their lamb sliders and their shrimp brushchetta. I'm not familiar with their brunch menu but if they have those, get it....

        Saturday: go to Blue Ribbon Sushi, Yasuda for the adventurous sushi eater, John's for pizza (but it's downtown).

        As EMP - I absolutely loved it there and I don't think it would be too far off for an 11 year old at alll! it's amazing. Go there if you can. I also loved Marea SO much - more than EMP. It's in the same price range and it sort of combines raw fish/seafood with pasta so you might be able to have a bit of everythign she is looking for? Try their marrow and octopus fusili...to die for. Or their sea urchin with lardo....trust me!

        banjo
        thehungrykorean.wordpress.com

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        Blue Ribbon Sushi
        119 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

        Marea
        240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

        1. Friday for your picnic i would go also to Levain Bakery and get a cookie, my favorite is the chocolate chip walnut. I've never been to Zabar's but I've heard good things. You might also want to consider Barney Greengrass for some sturgeon and bagels to go.
          Since it's friday maybe have dinner at 15 east, I don't think it wont be insanely crowded.
          Brunch at Locanda Verde I like the sheep's milk ricotta and the uova modenese the most. Their pastries are also amazing. Their french toast and gelatos are good too, but I like the previous dishes more (that's saying alot for me cause french toast with ice cream\gelato is always a FTW dish for me).
          Late lunch saturday-Maybe Keste? I don't know if it'll be crowded then. My favorite pizza there is the truffle spread.

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          Barney Greengrass
          541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

          Locanda Verde
          377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

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          1. re: daffyduck

            Friday - Picking up food at the Plaza. Thanks for the rec! Perfect!
            Dinner - My daughter spotted the pasta dish on Scarpetta's menu. Or would Malinios be a better choice?
            While we are so close to Chinatown on Saturday, where can we find hand pulled noodles?

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

            1. re: jackie223

              http://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=...
              I haven't tried pasta at Maialino's and I haven't been to Scarpetta. So I can't say. I'm not a pasta expert but my three favorite pasta places are Babbo, Locanda Verde, and Marea.

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              Babbo
              110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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

              Marea
              240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

              Locanda Verde
              377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

              Maialino
              2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

              1. re: jackie223

                Both Scarpetta and Maialino are excellent restaurants but not near the theatre district, so you may risk missing your curtain time if your dinner runs long, or you take a cab that gets stuck in traffic, etc.

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

                Maialino
                2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

                1. re: jackie223

                  1. you won't go wrong with either Scarpetta or Maialino's, food-wise. However, since the kid is tourist-ing, consider that the former is in the Meatpacking District and may be more "cool" or "interesting" (fashion, Apple store, Highline) than Gramercy Park (which I prefer, being an old man).

                  2. check out #3 (Sheng Wang) on the Village Voice blog list I linked in my original post. It's off the beaten Mott Street path and you'll definitely get an "authentic" NY experience there.

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

                  Maialino
                  2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

                  1. re: Andy T.

                    For search purposes...it's Maialino, not Maialino's

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                    Maialino
                    2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

              2. If she likes hand pulled noodles Mr. Chow's makes a spectacle of it, by putting on a little show actually making their noodles. Mr. Chow's is probably not the most exciting place for an eleven year old, but it has very good Chinese food. You must watch the waiters, they will try and persuade you into ordering more than you may want, but it could be something that your daughter is interested in. I am sixteen and stodgy. I personally really enjoyed the chic, but stuffy atmosphere, but I can already hear the rants of fellow Chowhounders against Chow's. This may not sound like an encouraging comment, but I truly think that you might enjoy it very much so.

                As for before Wicked(By the way, Wicked is so so amazing!!!), you will be in midtown, so I could see Nobu 57, or Felidia. Felidia, would personally be my choice. It happens to be my favorite NYC restaurant of all time. Everything on the menu is unbelievable, and your daughter will be able to flex her foodie taste buds. It is great for a early pre-theatre dinner as well. Quiet and intimate, and most of all, the service is superb!!!

                Anyway, I hope that you have a blast! Your daughter is going to have so much fun! Your creating a monster. My mother started taking me many years ago, and I am die hard now. We go to dine, and shop, and have way too much fun! Good Luck!!!

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                Felidia
                243 E 58th St, New York, NY 10022

                Nobu 57
                40 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

                Mr. Chow
                121 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013