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Oct 1, 2010 01:06 PM

NYC food-filled weekend

Coming to NYC next weekend for Columbus Day weekend. Basically planning my trip around good food! Looking forward to some memorable meals as I am celebrating my Birthday.

Going for Steak Sat night and Babbo Sun night for their Pasta tasting menu.
Can't decide between Striphouse or BLT Steak. I want a fun lively atmosphere and really good Ribeye Steak. The sides at Striphouse sound amazing! I've heard great things about both...

Any other recommendations for Breakfast or lunch? Want some Pizza, Burgers anything else I shouldn't miss? I am going to attempt checking out EATALY...not sure if I will survive the crowds but hoping to grab a panini and some gelato?

We are staying Midtown across from the New York Public Library so if there are any recommendations nearby for Breakfast or lunch that would be great.


110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

BLT Steak
106 East 57th Street, New York, NY 10022

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  1. Here's a recent report from someone who stayed near Bryant Park/NYPL on a trip:

    db bistro moderne is near your hotel and serves breakfast daily. Le Pain Quotidien is nearby too if you are OK with a chain.

    If you're willing to spend a bit more money and stay in that general area:
    db Bistro Moderne -- Daniel Boulud's contemporary French bistro, popular for pre-theatre dining
    The Modern -- upscale Alsatian formal dining in the formal dining room where jackets are required, small plates + hip atmosphere in the bar area and I LOVE the Bar Room
    Esca -- Mario Batali's seafood restaurant, known for crudo, popular for pre-theatre dining. I love their seafood based pasta dishes and the whole porgy. The crudo I'm not so big on, but other people are.
    Keens Steakhouse -- not cheap and not super ethnic but historical. I love taking visitors there because the room is amazing as is the food and scotch list.

    Some of my favorite sit-down ethnic in Manhattan is nearby:
    Szechuan Gourmet -- though I've also heard good things about Lan Sheng
    Madangsui -- Korean BBQ

    You are also very close to the Theatre District Shake Shack location. There are also wichcraft kiosks in Bryant Park which serve tasty but pricey sandwiches. I don't think Eataly is worth the trip for someone who doesn't have a lot of time in NYC. For gelato, go to L'Arte de Gelato instead. For panini, I'd head to 'ino or 'inoteca instead.

    In terms of great New York experiences and food, check out these discussions:

    Best breakfast and brunch:

    Please help me eat during a month in new york

    Don't leave NY without eating these foods

    Pizza in NYC

    BTW, I highly recommend RGR's self guided Lower East Side Gustatory tour but sub in Pickle Guys for Guss' Pickles:

    Best foodie shopping:

    Union Square Greenmarket advice

    Best mixology / bespoke cocktails:

    Bars for beer geeks

    For non-Western European/American

    totally obscure, odd, and intriguing menu items

    Union Square Greenmarket
    Broadway and E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

    Pickle Guys
    49 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

    35 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001

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

    402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

    21 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

    98 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

    Lan Sheng
    60 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

    200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

    1. I love the Spotted Pig's burger, and you could combine a trip to the WV with a visit to the High Line.

      I like Eataly, and I"ve been numerous times since it opened as I live within walking distance, but if I were visiting the city for a special weekend I would not go there. Not worth the time and effort to fight the crowds. And if you just want gelato you can get on the "B" line at Shake Shack in Mad Sq Park and get their excellent ice cream -- which they call custard -- without such a long wait. Never thought I'd be recommending Shake Shack as a quick option, but there it is!

      Spotted Pig
      314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

      200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

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      1. re: ml77

        Frozen custard typically has eggs in it. It's my understanding that ice cream can be made with or without eggs, hence all frozen custard is a subset of ice cream. It's more popular in the Midwest. Danny Meyer grew up in St. Louis--that's why they serve frozen custard at the Shake Shack.

      2. i havent been to blt steak but i love striphouse. the bone in ribeye, cream corn pancetta, truffle cream spinach are all great. Breakfast\brunch my favorites are Maialino and Locanda verde. Keste's truffle spread pizza is my favorite pizza. Burgers I like BLT burger. If I were you I wouldn't leave without missing the good eats in chinatown and a Katz\Russ and Daughters stop.

        2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

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        1. re: daffyduck

          From 42 St. and 5 Av., I'd sooner advise mlz to hop the 7 to Flushing than go to Chinatown, if s/he decides to go outside of Midtown for Chinese food (given that there are a couple of Sichuan-style places in Midtown, as mentioned above). And actually, even for a long weekend, given the location, at least one trip to some part of Queens would make sense, if mlz is so inclined. That said, mlz: If you are interested in Queens, post to the Outer Boroughs board for suggestions.

        2. A great spot for lunch in midtown is the burger joint in the Le Parker Meridien hotel. It is in a corner behind a curtain. It is fun and the burgers and fries are awesome. It is quite possibly my favorite burger in the city.

          A great place to grab pizza is Otto. It is one of Batali's restaurants, like Babbo, but is much more casual. They have great thin crust pizza with interesting toppings. The margarita is simple but delicious!

          1. Ok I think I'm set on Striphouse!!
            Ya I was thinking about Otto for Pizza but just thought I should have more "traditional" New York style Pizza if that even exists anymore. I'm from Toronto so I'm used to the Napoli style pizza which I absolutley love, just never really tried a real New York original style pizza yet. Is Lombardi's worth a visit?

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            1. re: mlz

              try joe's or bleecker street if joe's is too crowded.

              1. re: mlz

                Lombardi's isn't that great any more. I'd do Arturo's. John's of Bleecker has been better recently. Got some nice char on the last few pies -- sometimes though, they cheat a little and you get a too blond pie. Also I wish they used better quality cheese.

                My personal coal oven favorite is probably still Patsy's in East Harlem if we're restricting the search to only Manhattan pizzerias.

                BTW, Lombardi's, Arturo's, and John's of Bleecker are all full pies only. Joe's on Carmine is a slice joint and gas oven style. I like their fresh mozzarella slice a lot.

                1. re: mlz

                  No, Lombardi's is not worth a visit. I would concur with Kathryn's recommendation of Arturo's on West Houston St. for tasty, relatively thin-crust New York-style coal-fired pizza, and if you go, consider getting either a clam pizza (like excellent pasta with clam sauce, except on a pizza) or mushroom pizza, if you want something other than Margherita. As a bonus, there is also excellent live jazz there, and you can stay after your meal at the bar, grab a beer and spend more time listening to the music. Or you could walk to the nearby Pegu Club and have some great cocktails!

                  Another good option is Patsy's, in East Harlem, for Apollonian very-thin-crust coal-oven pizza with more char but less emphasis on the toppings. If you go to Patsy's, split one Margherita and one with fresh mozzarella, and don't get any other pizzas.