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Hi, myself and my gf are heading to New York for 3 nights in the 1st week of March. We are both very passionate about food and want to experience NY food at it's best. We are staying near Herald Square.

We are on a budget however and I've lined out a plan of where to go with that in mind. I was wondering if you could give me your opinions of these places and maybe suggest others that might be better for people hoping to get the best examples of NY cuisine.

MEALS

RED EGG for dim-sum in Chinatown. Red Egg as we won't be in town until the afternoon on our first day.

DAISY MAYS - was going to head here on the afternoon of the 2nd day. We are planning on going to a show so we wanted to get a substantial meal in. We are dying to try proper BBQ too. Given it's location and fro what I've read this seems like the place to go?

SKYLIGHT DINER - we want to go to a diner for a nice breakfast/ brunch. Would this be one of the best?

BALTHAZAR - I was in NY with family a few years back and we went here. I loved it and so would like to take the gf here.

KATZ - I was hoping to get the famous Pastrami sandwich on the day we leave for lunch. Is this the place to go?

DESSERTS

SCREME/ L'ARTE DE GELATO - Wanted to fins some really nice gelato and keep seeing these names coming up.

BILLY'S BAKERY - for Pie, cookies, cakes etc

Please let me know what you think of my choices and please suggest any alternatives. Bear in mind the price range and the fact we are looking for classic (and probably stereotypical!) NY places.

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Red Egg
202 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013

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  1. Daisy Mays has some good dishes but it's hard to make a recommendation for BBQ without knowing if you prefer brisket (go to Hill Country instead), ribs (they have good pork ribs), or pulled pork (they don't have great pulled pork).

    Skip Skylight Diner and go to Clinton St Baking Company for insanely fluffy pancakes, good bacon, good eggs, etc.

    Katz's and Balthazar sound good to me. L'Arte is one of my favorites as well. Have not been to Screme.

    Billy's is known for cupcakes mostly. NYC isn't known for having world famous pies. That said, what is it that you want? Pie? Cake? Cookies? Bakeries in NYC tend to do a few things well and you need to be careful when you pick and choose.

    Smoked salmon/bagels and pizza seem to be missing from your list!

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    Hill Country
    30 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010

    Skylight Diner
    402 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001

    Screme
    234 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036

    6 Replies
    1. re: kathryn

      Thanks for the reply kathryn. I'll check out Clinton St Baking Company.

      On the BBQ - we are looking for pulled pork more so, but I'm attracted by the jumbo Beef Rib in Daisy May's.

      Cheescake and Pie is probably what we are looking for from a bakery - would you have any suggestions for these?

      I know about the omissions - it's hurting! I'm already planning another trip to fill in the food blanks!

      1. re: trackguy

        I really like the pulled pork at Blue Smoke (may be too pricey for you) and Dinosaur (way uptown though). Reservations are a must for both. However, overall I think NYC is weaker on pulled pork than ribs and brisket.

        For cheesecake, Serious Eats determined Two Little Red Hens did it best:
        http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2009/1...

        For pie, I'm a fan of First Prize Pies, which are available from Roni-Sue's Chocolates in the Essex St Market. But I've only bought whole pies--check their site to find where you can have a slice or two.

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        Roni-Sue's Chocolates
        120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

        Blue Smoke
        116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

        1. re: kathryn

          Thanks. I had a look at Blue Smoke, has a really lovely beer menu too from what I remember. I'll have to consult the other traveller for help deciding!

          Can you tell me the name on the link? It appears to be broken.

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          Blue Smoke
          116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

          1. re: trackguy

            Edit - link is working

            1. re: trackguy

              Be sure to look up location & photos of Daisy May if you choose to go there. It has little ambiance and I find the location a bit cold and windy in the winter due to it being so close to the water. There might be a better pre-show alternative for you.

              1. re: kathryn

                Thanks kathryn, we are leaning towards Blue Smoke - it looks very good.

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                Blue Smoke
                116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

      2. I erased my post so here are my suggestions, but do your homework...

        - Torrisi Italian Specialties for dinner (4 courses for $50), get in line by 5pm, Momofuku Noodle Bar, Caracas Arepa Bar, Luzzo's Pizza, Abraco & 9th St. Espresso for coffee, the Donut Plant, Luke's Lobster bar, Ed's Lobster Bar, Porchetta, Morandi for breakfast, Good Enough to Eat for breakfast, DBGB Kitchen & Bar for the Piggy Burger (burger topped with Daisy Mae's pulled pork), The Meatball Shop, The Shake Shack, Ess-a-Bagel. You can eat much better for what you would spend at Balthazar!!!

        But make a point to go to Torrisi, it's awesome!

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        Ess-a-Bagel
        359 1st Ave, New York, NY 10010

        Good Enough to Eat
        483 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

        Luzzo's
        211 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

        Ed's Lobster Bar
        222 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

        Caracas Arepa Bar
        93 1/2 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

        Morandi
        211 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

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

        Abraco
        86 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

        Porchetta
        110 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

        DBGB
        299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

        Luke's Lobster
        93 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

        Torrisi Italian Specialties
        250 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

        1. I would also consider Dim Sum Go Go for that meal. The duck dumpling and pea shoot dumplings are both very good there.

          For BBQ I like Hill Country better than Daisy May's. Fette Sau in Brooklyn is very good too if you head that way. It is only two stops into Bklyn on the Subway so it is actually easier to reach than many places in Manhattan.

          Where are you from by the way? This might help with what people here can recommend as far as getting different stuff than what you might get at home.

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          Hill Country
          30 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010

          Dim Sum Go Go
          5 E Broadway, New York, NY 10038

          3 Replies
          1. re: MVNYC

            I'm from Ireland. So BBQ is almost a non-entity here, as are diners and good dim-sum places.

            Thanks everyone for the replies!

            1. re: trackguy

              I would say any of the BBQ places will satisfy your craving but my top two are Hill Country and Fette Sau. Hill country has really good sausages that they get from Kreutz down in the Hill Country of Texas, really good. Their pork ribs are also excellent and sides are good, get the collard greens. Fette sau has some interesting cuts, their pork belly is especially good and they have a good bourbon and craft beer selection.

              I do not recall seeing much Vietnamese the last time I was in Ireland, you can split a banh mi at Banh Mi So 1 after dim sum. Really excellent sandwich.

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              Hill Country
              30 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010

              1. re: MVNYC

                Thanks - will have a look at both of these.

          2. For cheesecake I always recommend Veniero's. Both their Italian and NYC style are great but I prefer the Italian. They have a pretty nice indoor seating area which is great with this weather and like most pastry shops, there are lots of other cookies and baked goods to sample. Their cannoli isn't the best in the city, but if you are already there it's worth grabbing one. However, you did say you wanted stereotypical so you could also try Junior's. It's a big tourist spot and their cheesecake is almost as good as Veniero's. Plus it's in a great location for you to visit after your show.

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            Veniero's
            342 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003

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            1. re: drbyyz

              Great - thank you, that fits into our schedule as we should be down that end of town.

              1. re: drbyyz

                I haven't been to Veniero's in years. When I was last there, everything in the extensive display of pastries looked lovely, everything was uniformly disappointing, and the place was mysteriously packed. Has it gotten much better over the years?
                In that area, I'd recommend Black Hound, Birdbath Bakery, Something Sweet, or for more unique NYC experiences, Momofuku Milk Bar or Chickalicious.

                1. re: rose water

                  thanks rose water

                  1. re: trackguy

                    If you're by L'Arte it is worth it to go to Bruno Bakery and get a freshly filled cannoli.

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                    Bruno Bakery
                    506 LaGuardia Pl, New York, NY 10012

                    1. re: kathryn

                      I don't know what to plan next - another trip to New York or the fitness regime when I get home?! Thanks for all the advice though, its really helpful!

                      1. re: kathryn

                        Rocco's is actually much closer (momentary memory lapse) and actually on Bleecker St.

                    2. re: rose water

                      Most definitely second Momofuku Milk Bar.

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                      Momofuku Milk Bar
                      15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

                      1. re: LeahBaila

                        I've checked this place out and will definitely visit. Thanks.

                        1. re: trackguy

                          Good stuff...I tried their "birthday cake truffles" for the first time this weekend and really enjoyed them. Keep your expectations at a reasonable level - not too high, not too low - and let us know your thoughts.
                          Enjoy your trip :)

                  2. If you are watching your budget go to Red Egg for their Happy Hour: 4-7 PM Monday-Friday, half price dim sum and wine and beer in the lounge area.

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                    1. re: City Kid

                      We were planning on heading there Thursday afternoon so that would be great!

                    2. 2 for 1 drinks also

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                      1. re: rkaene

                        They recently changed the Happy Hour policy at Red Egg: half price wine and beer, but not cocktails. Still quite a deal for very good dim sum at half price.

                      2. Thanks very much for all the input hounds. I've changed my plans a bit based on your suggestions. If there are any similar places you could suggest as alternatives please let me know. At the moment, I'm looking at an itinerary like this -

                        DAY 1
                        Red Egg for their early bird and onto Greenwich Village for drinks. Will swing by L'Arte De Gelato for some dessert! May grab some late night munchies in Bleecker St Pizza!

                        DAY 2
                        Early-ish dinner in Blue Smoke. Going to the theater afterwards so will head to Juniors for some cheesecake. Onto the UPW, dying to try Blondies wings!

                        DAY 3
                        Clinton St Baking Company for breakfast. Balthazar for dinner.

                        DAY 4
                        Katz Deli for lunch and maybe some dessert in Roni-Sue's Chocolates.

                        Thanks again everyone.

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                        Roni-Sue's Chocolates
                        120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

                        Blue Smoke
                        116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

                        Red Egg
                        202 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013

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                        1. re: trackguy

                          For Day 1, if you like cocktails and are willing to pay the going price in Manhattan for a craft cocktail ($13-14), stop into Lani Kai or Pegu Club on your way between Chinatown and the West Village.

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

                          Lani Kai
                          525 Broome St, New York, NY 10012

                        2. Hello all, we are going to Balthazar for dinner on the Saturday of our visit however, we'd like to go somewhere else for dessert. Would you recommend any places around Spring St? Thanks

                          4 Replies
                          1. re: trackguy

                            When it comes to dessert, imo, the profiteroles at Balthazar are not-to-be-missed!

                            Balthazar photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

                            http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

                            1. re: trackguy

                              Agreed that the profiteroles from Balthazar are fantastic! However, if you would like to go somewhere different and willing to walk a little bit, Dessert Truck Works is less than a mile away and merits mention. It started out as a food truck, but now has a brick and mortar store as well. Very high quality desserts, including some off-the-beaten path selections (ie goat cheese cheesecake with rosemary caramel) at decent prices.

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                              Dessert Truck Works
                              6 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

                              1. re: orthorunner

                                Thanks very much. Another hard decision to make! The profiteroles look awesome but Dessert Truck Works looks tempting too!

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                                Dessert Truck Works
                                6 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

                                1. re: trackguy

                                  Is there such a thing as too much dessert? Share one order of the profiteroles and then head over to Dessert Truck Works.

                                  http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

                            2. absolutely katz's

                              dinosaur is hands down the best BBQ in NYC, and well worth heading uptown for.

                              1. Thanks everyone for your help. It really helped in planning where to go. We are travelling tomorrow.

                                We are going to Reg Egg for early dinner the 1st night (thurs), hopefully catching happy hour, and then onto L'Arte de Gelato for dessert and Lani Kai afterwards for cocktails. We plan on finishing in Greenwich Village for drinks.

                                Friday
                                We are going to Blue Smoke for an early dinner, probably going to a show afterwards. Wanted to get up to the UPW for drinks and try some wings from Blondies!

                                Saturday
                                Planning on getting down to Clinton St Baking Co early for pancakes and then an evening meal in Balthazar.

                                Sunday
                                Katz and a trip to Roni-Sue's for some bacorn!

                                Thanks again everyone for all your assistance!

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                                Blue Smoke
                                116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

                                Lani Kai
                                525 Broome St, New York, NY 10012

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                                1. re: trackguy

                                  trackguy,

                                  On Sunday, you might want to consider doing my famous self-guided LES Food Excursion, which starts at Katz's.

                                  RGR's LES Food Excursion: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/493333

                                  Note: There is one change. Guss's Pickles has closed, so substitute The Pickle Guys.

                                  The Pickle Guys: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

                                  You can easily incorporate a stop at the Essex Street Market (it will be included in the revision and expansion I'm working on) for Roni-Sue. Two other good stops there: Saxleby's Cheese and Pain d'Avignon.

                                  Essex Street Market: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

                                  Sugar Sweet Sunshine cupcakes will also be included in the revised tour. It's right around the corner from the market.

                                  Sugar Sweet Sunshine: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

                                  Have a great trip!

                                  http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

                                  1. re: RGR

                                    I think Pain d'Avignon is closed on Sundays.

                                    1. re: Nancy S.

                                      The market used to be closed on Sunday, but it is now open 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. I checked with Pain d'Avignon, as well as with Roni-Sue and Saxelby, and they are all open on Sunday.

                                      http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

                                      1. re: RGR

                                        Thanks so much everyone. Your 'tour' looks great RGR. This time tomorrow we shall be starting our food quest. You've all been so helpful!

                                2. I've been meaning to do this for quite a while. Our trip was a great success, particularly from a culinary point of view!

                                  Day 1
                                  On our first evening, we travelled down to Chinatown and Red Egg. We were there for happy hour(1/2price dim sum and drinks). We both enjoyed it. Peking Duck Sliders, Char Siu Mai, Chicken Fried Noodles with Chinese Greens, Garlic Spare Ribs went down great with a few beers!

                                  I wanted to hit a few bars in Greenwich Village and on our way we visited Lani Kai for cocktails. These were some of the best we've had! Later on, we went for some gelato in L'Arte De Gelato. Our first day - 3 Chow recommendations - 3 total results!

                                  Oh wait... I forgot! After a few more drinks....we (I actually) needed a late night snack. I just had to try NY pizza. There was one dilemma... Keste or Bleecker St... we went with Bleecker St Pizza. The Nonna Maria was excellent. We'll try Keste next time.

                                  Day 2
                                  We grabbed a coffee for breakfast. Our plan was to save ourselves for an early-ish dinner in Blue Smoke. After a nice boat tour, on our walk back to the hotel, we just happened across Daisy Mays BBQ. We had toyed with the idea of going here and since we were outside we thought 'Why Not?.' We both forgot, just for a second, that we were already going to Blue Smoke later on! The baked beans with burnt ends and the beef chilli both hit the spot.

                                  So, later that day, we were heading to our second BBQ restaurant of the day! I had the rib sampler with fries and K had the pulled pork plate. I loved the choice of sauces and the control over how much/ how little to add. The pork ribs were delicious. The rub on the beef rib was great but it was a tad chewy. The pulled pork was moist and flavoursome. The accompanying sesame slaw was an unexpected success!

                                  Dessert! And another restaurant! We couldn't ignore the charms of Junior's for cheesecake. It was everything I'd hoped for - it had a fabulous creamy, melt-in-the-mouth texture.

                                  (Is this still Day 2?) We headed to the UPW for drinks and stopped by Blondies. As I had heard alot about their wings, I decided I had better try, despite my stomach's best efforts to dissuade me. I only got 10. They were huge,juicy and mouth watering.

                                  Day 3
                                  It was a Saturday morning and we wanted some breakfast. Well....after some indigestion remedy anyway. Based on some glowing recommendations, we settled on Clinton St Baking Company for only real breakfast/brunch of the trip. I had the brioche french toast with bananas and pecans, K had the choc chunk pancakes. The portion of pancakes was over-bearing but both dishes were really tasty. The maple butter is magic!

                                  Given our excesses of the last day or so, we skipped lunch in anticipation of dinner in Balthazar. I had been before,K had not. We shared a french onion soup to start. The molten gruyere concealed a strong, flavourful broth. K had short ribs for main while I had duck sheperds pie. Both were rich, unctuous delights. K prefers white wine so we had a lovely muscadet.

                                  Yet again, we headed elsewhere for dessert. This time we tried Momofuku Milk Bar. Some cereal milk soft serve and grasshopper pie later and we were well and truly satisfied! I keep intending to attempt making that soft serve in the ice cream maker!

                                  Day 4
                                  Our last day and only time for one meal. Even considering how much food we had gone through, this was one meal I had been looking forward to the whole trip. So off to Katz Deli we headed. Pastrami on Rye for me, half a Brisket and pea soup for K. I can't say I was disappointed with the portion (as some on here seem to be). It was plenty for me and the pastrami was punchy and strong. I loved it. K loved the brisket, as did I when I stole a few bites! We paid a visit to Essex St Market and Roni-Sue's Chocolates.Sadly, she had little or no pie that day but we sampled some of her exquisite confectionery nonetheless.

                                  We had such lovely food the whole trip and this was largely down to the great advice and recommendations we received from people here. Thanks to everyone for their help!

                                  We are planning our trip for next year already. We'll be taking in NYC again along with Boston and Nantucket to visit relatives.

                                  For our next time in New York are there any places people would recommend off the bat? To give you some context, given the places we've visited, what types of cuisines/places to eat would people recommend as quintessentially New York?

                                  Thanks again for all your help Chowhounds!

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                                  Katz's Delicatessen
                                  205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

                                  L'Arte del Gelato
                                  75 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014

                                  Daisy May's BBQ
                                  623 11th Ave, New York, NY 10036

                                  Balthazar
                                  80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

                                  Bleecker Street Pizza
                                  69 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014

                                  Junior's
                                  1515 Broadway, New York, NY 10036

                                  Junior's
                                  45 Grand Central Terminal, New York, NY 10017

                                  Blue Smoke
                                  116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

                                  Blondie's
                                  212 W 79th St, New York, NY 10024

                                  Red Egg
                                  202 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013

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

                                  Momofuku Milk Bar
                                  251 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003

                                  Lani Kai
                                  525 Broome St, New York, NY 10012