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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....

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    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

    Grom
    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!

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      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.

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          WD-50
          50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

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          1. re: Linsybee1

            +1 bacon and pancakes from Clinton Street Baking Co.

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            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.