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Dec 6, 2010 11:09 PM

NYC Dec19-23 need suggestions

I will be in Manhattan from December 19-23. I am proposing to my girlfriend on the 19th and I already have reservations at Babbo for after the proposal. I need suggestions on dinner for the rest of the nights (20-22). Preferably under $100 a dinner but willing to spend up to $200. We like all types of food and I'd like to try to mix up the genre of food as much as possible. On the 20th I need some help with breakfast and lunch, we will be around central park/MoMa. On the 21st we will be doing "typical" NYC touristy stuff and i would appreciate some suggestions for breakfast and lunch. Is there any street vendor food that I can't miss? Finally, any thoughts on cool bars/night life for 30 year olds?

Thanks for your help

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  1. First of all, good luck/mazel tov on the proposal, and I hope you two enjoy your trip! Secondly, have you done some searching of this board? Kathryn is the Chief Breakfast-Brunch Maven on this board. Look through these threads, for starters:

    "Best Breakfast and Brunch in Manhattan, 2010 Version"

    "Another plea for CHEAP eats ... breakfast, street vendors, etc.??"

    As for lunch in the area between MoMa and the southern end of Central Park, you may want to look here:

    Or perhaps you'll want to actually eat in MoMa itself, such as at The Modern or The Bar Room At The Modern:

    Or maybe you'd like to have lunch at Jean Georges, though recent reports on this board have been mostly critical.

    In terms of your dinner thoughts, I'd like to confirm that the $100 and $200 figures are per person. Do they include drinks, tax, and tip?

    Jean Georges
    1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

    3 Replies
    1. re: Pan

      Thanks or your feedback, it's been really helpful so far. The numbers for dinner are for both of us including tax and tip.

      1. re: oohsoohungry

        I see. $50/person including tax and tip is toward the lower end of mid-priced in Manhattan, nowadays. If you weren't already going to Babbo, I'd suggest Lupa as a good option that's close to that range (I usually spend closer to $60/person there). As it is, I'm feeling cautious about recommending other Italian restaurants, because I'm concerned that anyplace cheaper than Babbo could feel like a comedown to you.

        One possibility is to go for Korean barbecue. You can have a delicious big dinner at Madangsui or Don's Bogam that concentrates on marinated cuts, and while it isn't cheap, it's a great value and may possibly cost less than $100, depending on what you get and how much you eat. Don's Bogam has more interesting decor and ambiance, I think, and definitely lower lighting (the lighting at Madangsui is very bright). Check for menus that, while not guaranteed to be current, will give you a good idea of what's available and how much it will cost you.

        I'm thinking about other ideas for you, but you could help more by mentioning some of your favorite cuisines and how important decor, ambiance, and space between tables are to you and your girlfriend.

        35 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001

        Don's Bogam
        17 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10016

      2. re: Pan

        i had lunch at Jean-Georges - which included the baby broccholi, the chicken, and the pear dessert. The next day had dinner at 11 Madison's bar where i had the scallop appetizer and steak with foie gras. I though that the steak lacked a litte whereas I thought everything that i ate at Jean-Georges was excellent. I should say that i thought that 11 Madison was more fun due to a more relaxed and friendly servers. I will be back to visit both places soon.

        This was my first trip to 11 Madison whereas I have been to Jean-George on numerous occasions..

      3. As far as bars: do you like good cocktails? If so, do yourself a favor and check out Little Branch, Apotheke, PDT, Death & Co., White Star, or Pegu Club. All superb drinks, nice atmosphere, etc.

        I assume on the 21st, you'll be in the Midtown area for touristy stuff? I've not been, but my parents love breakfast at Pigalle (49th and 8th) when they come into town.

        Are you willing to travel anywhere for dinner? Any particular genre/type of food you'd like to try?

        790 8th Ave, New York, NY 10019

        Little Branch
        22 Seventh Ave South, New York, NY 10014

        Pegu Club
        77 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012

        White Star
        21 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

        9 Doyers St, New York, NY 10013

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        1. re: loratliff

          We don't want to travel to far for dinner ( 20-30 minute cab ride max). We're open to all types of food nothing in particular. Thanks for your help

          1. re: oohsoohungry

            20-30 minute cab ride from midtown pretty much covers the entire island

            1. re: thew

              then that should leave me with a lot of options

                1. re: thew

                  Yeah, exactly. You're going to have to elaborate a bit moreā€”it's overwhelming to give recommendations when people say "Oh, I don't care. Any type of food in any neighborhood." That leaves us with, what, 19,000 options?!

                2. re: oohsoohungry

                  Not sure where you are staying, but consider the subway. At least for daytime and to dinner treks, can always cab back to hotel. But as stated, 20-30 mins in a cab covers much of Manhattan.

                  I would try the East Village and/or Lower East Side one night, maybe Motorino or Hearth or Dieci or Momofuku Noodle or Ssam followed by Terroir wine bar or similar if you are feeling low-key, or any of the many bars in the area.

                  For LES, maybe Stanton Social or Inoteca or Beauty & Essex (just opened, same people behind SS, can't vouch for it but sounds fun and interesting) followed by wandering around some LES spots.

                  Or, you could go W Village and perhaps dinner at Alta (tapas, great brussels sprouts and good locals-on-a-date or night-out scene) or Spotted Pig (or just go there for drinks) and then some other bars, or pizza at Keste.

                  And yes, give us a few more specifics (like, do you prefer larger more traditional meals, or small plates, or wine vs. cocktails, or areas/cuisines you prefer) and can weigh in more.

                  Have fun and congrats to you both!

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

                  Stanton Social
                  99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

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

                  228 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003

                  413 E 12th St, New York, NY 10009

                  349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

                  Beauty & Essex
                  146 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

          2. Shopsin's and Katz's are my favorite "typical NYC" restaurants, and they're great for brunch/lunch downtown. Bouchon Bakery is a nice breakfast option near Columbus Circle/Central Park (I don't recommend Norma's and haven't been to Sarabeth's), and +1 a meal at The Modern.


            Bouchon Bakery
            10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019


              You should search the net on [best of new york] or similar phrase.

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