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My first time traveling to NYC (tagging along on wife's business travel) but she only has to work 3-4 days and we will be there for 7 days in February. We are staying at the Le Parker Meridien.

My wife has been to NYC many times before and has eaten at Craft Steak, Tao, WD50, etc... We are both foodies and love wine and everything from a great pizza or burger, sushi or an upscale dinner with wine pairings. Don't need to drop $200-300 every night for dinner but any recommendations would be great. Also want to know any cool places for a drink (wine bar, lounge) after dinner.

Will be there with a few other couples and the guys want some cool places to hang out during the day while we wait for the wives to finish work. We all love good craft beer, so any cool place to have lunch and sip some beers would be nice.

Any info is much appreciated! Thanks!

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  1. Happy to help but the first part of your question is pretty vague.

    You reference a steak house (NB Craftsteak is no more), upscale asian, molectular gastronomy, pizza, burgers, sushi, and fine dining with wine pairings!

    Sounds like you want a variety of experiences but you don't want to repeat restaurants you've already done. Can you list out the restaurants you've already hit up?

    Do you have a wishlist? Restaurants you've been meaning to try? Places you definitely want to hit up?

    What's the most you're willing to spend per person, excluding tax (nearly 9%), tip (15-20%), and wine/drinks/etc.? Even if cost is not a factor, giving a price ceiling will help steer recommendations. Like, do you want to do 4 upscale dinners at $100pp and 3 midrange dinners at $50pp?

    Any favorite cuisines you have? Cuisines you want to try? Or avoid? Where are you coming from?

    You mention other couples with you.. is this 6 people? 8 people? Will you be having huge group dinners? Or will it just be the two of you for dinner?

    Bars for beer geeks
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/733207
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/572919

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    1. re: kathryn

      My wife has been to the 3 restaurants I mentioned (plus many others I cannot think of), so prefer to not go those but would be willing to maybe go to Coliccho and Sons.

      We are both from Los Angeles (now living in San Diego) and eat out regularly at all types of restaurants.

      Are restaurants like Daniel, Le Bernardin or Gordon Ramsey a must visit for dinner (or lunch) and worth it? I assume places like Gramercy Tavern and Babbo are more casual? I think $100pp for 2-3 nights and $50+pp for the other nights would be acceptable. Any recommendations are appreciated.

      I know I want to go to Katz's Deli for a pastrami sandwich. Any other suggestions for lunch would be great, especially where to get a great pizza or sandwich.

      We love all types of cuisine... We love seafood, pasta, steaks, etc...

      There will be at least 4-6 of us for dinner each night. Are "nice" jeans acceptable for guys at dinner in NYC?

      I always check Yelp for reviews but it is nice to get honest feedback from the Chowhounds.

      Thanks!

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      Gramercy Tavern
      42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

      Babbo
      110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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

      1. re: boltsfan

        My favorite pizzeria is Keste' in the Village, a real Neapolitan-style pizzeria.

        If you want to spend a long time reading about pizzerias in New York, have a look through this thread, keeping in mind that it started in 2007 and some of the mentioned places have since closed or changed in quality:

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3813...

    2. You've got to check out the Burger Joint - it's inside the Parker Meridian and I've heard the burger is one of the best in the city. Sorry I can't attest to it's goodness myself. Personally my favorite burger/beer place is 5 Napkin Burger, of which there are a few in the city.

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      Burger Joint
      118 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019

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      1. re: slindroth

        Since the OP is staying there, Burger Joint would be a good option for a fun place to hang out and have a burger during the day. But I would never call it one of the best in the city.

        Spotted Pig is my current fave. It's also a fun atmosphere for guys to hang out in and have some good beer, especially the cask ales.

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        Burger Joint
        118 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019

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

        1. re: slindroth

          Burger Joint is great, greasy fun. It's not the best, per se, but it is really delicious and the crowd is usually fun.

          I'd go to Second Avenue for pastrami, by the way, rather than Katz's, but that may just be me.

          Daniel and Babbo are wonderful; good luck getting in. Have you thought about Esca?

          www.shrinkinthekitchen.com

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          Burger Joint
          118 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019

          Babbo
          110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

          Esca
          402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

          1. re: scotty27

            I've had good pastrami at 2nd Av. Deli, but Katz's is much better for pastrami. So maybe it's just you. :-)

            1. re: Pan

              Also I find 2nd Ave Deli's portion sizes to be much smaller than Katz's. I convinced my husband to share a sandwich thinking it would be bigger, and he was not pleased!

        2. Some places to consider for dinner:

          Oceana
          Millesime
          Nuela
          Convivio
          SD26
          Kittichai
          Toloache
          Aldea
          Ciano
          Osteria Morini
          Marseille
          Keens

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          Toloache
          251 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019

          Kittichai
          60 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

          Oceana
          120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020

          Convivio
          45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

          Ciano
          45 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

          Aldea
          31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

          SD26
          19 East 26th Street, New York, NY 10010

          Nuela
          43 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010

          Millesime
          92 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

          Osteria Morini
          218 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012