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If you had four days in New York before you dieted what would you eat?

We are coming to New York for 4 nights from Thursday 7 October. It is a spur of the moment thing. My husband has not been to NY before and I spent 4 days there in Feb with nonfoody friends. So this time we want to do it right. We want to experience the best of what this great city has to offer. Obviously many of the places may be booked out. Suggestions for both high end and great value meals would be welcomed. We are from Australia so want to make the most of our time. We are staying at the Library Hotel 299 Madison Ave.

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  1. Is this really a pre-diet splurge, or are you just trying to set the mood? I view my trips to New York as a break from my usually healthy diet, so i indulge my sweet tooth with mostly take-out treats as opposed to sit down meals or even restaurant desserts. I recently spent 4 days eating myself into a sugar-induced coma, and rarely touched "real" food such as a sandwich, burger or vegetable that I can make for myself at home. If that type of indulgence interests you, I recommend:

    - a different concrete from each location of Shake Shack;

    - Brooklyn blackout and red velvet cupcakes from Two Little Red Hens Bakery;

    - chocolate peanut butter cookie from Levains:

    - anything from Burdick chocolate;

    - Grom gelato;

    - anything from Doughnut Plant;

    - cupcakes from Chickalicious;

    - scones from Amy's Bread;

    I think I need some insulin now....

    Two Little Red Hens
    1652 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

    Doughnut Plant
    379 Grand St, New York, NY 10002

    Amy's Bread
    250 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

    233 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

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    1. re: quof

      Wow-I read the title of this post and IMMEDIATELY came in here to suggest Levain (but for the choc chip cookie-I wasn't too fond of the pb chip even though I normally love peanut butter cookies!) and the brooklyn blackout cupcake from TLRH, which I actually made the trek for today (and I have no plans of dieting because I enjoy indulging in it quite often!). Just FYI, they do sell these cupcakes at Dean & Deluca, but they're about 1.50 more per cupcake. As for scones, Alice's Tea Cup makes amazing ones! Especially the pumpkin one!

      Dean & DeLuca
      1 Rockefeller Plz, New York, NY 10020

    2. Do some poking around on here to give you some good options. Check the list of related threads at the bottom of each thread and click on ones that look interesting. Use the search feature as well. Then come back when you have questions about specific restaurants or neighborhoods. It would help if you could specify what types of cuisine you're looking for, budget (if any), what neighborhoods you'd be willing to travel to.

      1. Geepers-do yourself a favor and don't diet!!!! Make it a lifestyle change. You can have all the deliciousness of foods everywhere you go-just don't pig out! It's so sad to see people who spend thier whole lives and money on diets and programs that don't work. Its calories in and calories out. NOT ROCKET SCIENCE HERE!! So come to NYC and taste all the wonderful options you have-in small doses.

        1. Go to Kee's chocolates and get the creme brulee chocolate, it is amazing! Also, sweet potato fries from cow girl cafe in the west village are unbelievable. Sugar cured bacon from clinton street baking company is awesome as are their blueberry pancakes.

          For something higher end I highly recommend WD-50. The tasting menu is fun and playful and out of this world.

          50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

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          1. re: Linsybee1

            +1 bacon and pancakes from Clinton Street Baking Co.

            Clinton Street Baking Co.
            4 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

            1. re: bgut1

              Ditto on Clinton St Baking Co.
              Great pancakes, but the best bacon I have ever had in my life!!

          2. If you're willing to venture out to Brooklyn, Fatty 'cue is pretty outstanding. For the coriander bacon and the pork ribs alone, you'll want to live on water soup for a few days. Totally worth it tho.

              1. I would most definitely go to Madison Square Park where special food kiosks are set up till November and have the fried chicken biscuit sandwich from Pies 'n Thighs. It was amazingly good with honey butter and hot sauce.

                I would also go to Joe's Shanghai in Midtown--yes, the midtown location is way better than Chinatown's now--and have the crab/pork soup dumplings and the Lion's head meatballs.

                Joe's Shanghai
                24 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

                1. 4 great meals for me before I diet would be:

                  Momofuku Ko (either lunch or dinner)
                  Per Se

                  1. Meat: porterhouse for two at Keens. Try the scotch, best selection in town.

                    Fish: Le Bernardin for lunch or Esca (after the theater crowd leaves, 7:30?) for dinner.

                    More fish: Sushi Yasuda, lunch or dinner. Maybe the best sushi restaurant in Manhattan. The rice is wonderful. Sit at the bar, not at a table.

                    Sunday lunch at Per Se is pretty good. Maybe the best way to kill three hours. Pricey. Worth it.

                    Pasta: Babbo, at the bar (no reservation), works for me. Queue up at 5 p.m. and take your chances. Aim for the two bar seats nearest the window.

                    Lots of good Korean food in mid-town.

                    Per Se
                    10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

                    110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

                    Sushi Yasuda
                    204 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017

                    Le Bernardin
                    155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

                    402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

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                    1. re: steve h.

                      The tre leche doughnut at Doughnut Planet on Grand is fantastic as is the Expresso gelato at Grom. Blintzes at Edison Cafe and ricotta pancakes at Sarabeth's. Don't miss Dylan's Candy Bar and restaurant.

                      Dylan's Candy Bar
                      1011 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10021

                      233 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

                    2. A milkshake or custard from Shake Shack!

                        1. Ribs at Dinosaur BBQ. You'll not want to diet!

                          Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
                          777 W. 125th Street, New York, NY 10027

                          1. If I had 4 days of not looking at calories I would probably spend most of my meals in the outer boros. But if I was limited to manhattan I would do something like
                            1. Mailino (brioche, bacon), 2. Locanda Verde, 3. Clinton St, 4. If one of the four days is a saturday or sunday I'd try brunch at Stanton Social
                            1. Katz and Russ and Daughters then walk down to Donut Plant, 2. Keste (truffle spread pizza) followed by Bruno Pasticeria, 3. Shopsin's-duck quesadillas and a milkshake, if I'm still hungry stop at Baohaus then walk down to Donut Plant again lol. 4. Shake Stack at Shake Shack in the UWS then head to Levain for a chocolate chip walnut cookie then head to Grom or Screme and eat the cookie with gelato! (hell yes, i've done this before) if i'm still hungry get some cream puffs at Bread papas and Banana pudding at magnolia.
                            1. Degustation 2. Striphouse (bone in ribeye, creamed corn pancetta) 3. Hide Chan Ramen 4.Babbo (pastas, desserts)
                            Kees Chocolates! bring them back home freeze them. i love love frozen chocolate. Bread pudding at Grandaisy. Donuts at Donut Plant. I would also check out Screme, Otto, Grom, Sundaes and Cones, and L'arte de Gelato if they have to go containers to eat with the bread pudding and donuts. oink oink!

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

                            Stanton Social
                            99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

                            233 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

                            Locanda Verde
                            377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

                            234 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036