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DC2NY casual weekend - please critique my plans!

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H & I and another couple will be heading to NYC for the last weekend of January. H & I have been several times but this is the other couple's virgin visit! I am trying to plan out our time, my style is to have reservations or at least places in mind for each meal, but my H likes to leave a little up to fate. The other couple have kind of simple tastes but are usually willing to try things on a recommendation. This is not intended to be a foodie extravaganza weekend by any stretch - we want to keep it fairly casual. I've already had some help with specific Q's from some NYC hounders, but I'd appreciate your thoughts - thanks!

- Friday night there's a band we want to see at Paddy Reilly's in Kip's Bay and we're planning on getting killer burgers at either Waterfront Ale House or Molly's beforehand, Afterward I imagine my H will want street or corner food of some kind on our way back to our hotel in Chelsea (The Eventi on 6th/Ave of Americas).

- Saturday - friends would like to stroll though CP, so I am thinking we should eat on the run and pick up bagels and coffee. Can you think of a great bagel/bialy place on the way from Chelsea to CP or maybe we should take the subway to one of the bagel places on the UES/UWS (H&H?) and then walk back down through the park and see some of the shops on 5th Ave. Alternatively, is there another breakfast option you'd suggest?

- After the park we're going to hit the TKTS stand in TS and then I think friends want to visit ground zero. Afterward I'm thinking we can walk through Tribeca/Soho/Little Italy. Maybe grab a sausage & pepper sandwich at Parisi Bakery or a pie at Lombardi's (though pizza might be the late night food of choice the night before...) Any other suggestions for a casual lunch? I love Inoteca, but we're doing something along those lines for dinner later on. Would a stroll through/bite at Eataly be too crazy busy on Saturday at lunch? Maybe a late lunch? Is the roof top beer garden open in winter?

- Saturday evening we're going to see a show and I'm thinking pre-show drinks somewhere - maybe Moderne, maybe the Algonquin, Campbell Apartments sounds great but maybe too out of the way?

- Post-theatre I have reservations at both Marseille and Corsino - though I'm leaning toward Corsino (I'd cancel the other one). I know it's not close to the the theatre district, but we can hop in a cab, eat and then walk back to Chelsea, which will allow friends to see more of the neighborhood(s).

- Sunday - we leave at noon so not much time for anything except breakfast. Maybe the Breslin or even Bar Basque in our hotel? Would this be a better time to stroll through/grab a bite at Eataly? Any other suggestions?

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Waterfront Ale House
540 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10016

Parisi Bakery
198 Mott St, New York, NY 10012

Campbell Apartment
89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

Paddy Reilly's
519 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10016

The Breslin
20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

Eataly
200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

Bar Basque
839 6th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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  1. i've read really mixed albeit mostly negative reviews of bar basque, but i haven't been there so i can't say. however, i liked the food at the breslin just fine.

    when i worked in nolita, parisi bakery sandwiches were a staple of my diet so yes! please eat one for me :)

    i am afraid to go to eataly based on the crowds. i have a terrific fear of them. saturday at lunch? good luck with that, dude. mob scene for sure.

    1. Saturday: I would not do H&H unless you like a plain bagel -- they sell salmon and cream cheese separately in to go containers, and won't make you a sandwich or anything like that. So bring a knife, I guess. I think you can get takeout at Barney Greengrass as well (great smoked salmon). Also have a back up plan in case the weather is bad unless you enjoy walking in the rain/sleet/snow/etc.

      Saturday lunch: For a casual lunch in Soho, maybe a sandwich at Despana or Torrisi? UWS to Central Park to Ground Zero to Tribeca/Soho is a LOT of ground to cover though in one day.

      Saturday night: also look at these...

      Lamb's Club's bar -- but pricey!
      http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2010/08...

      Bar 44 at the Royalton Hotel
      http://offthepresses.blogspot.com/201...

      Bar in the Cellar at the Andaz Hotel
      http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2010/09...

      Ma Peche's bar
      http://www.momofuku.com/ma-peche/beve...

      Sunday morning: definitely the Breslin. Eataly is best on weekdays, but not at lunch or dinner. The in between times. Also the rooftop beer garden isn't open yet.

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      Barney Greengrass
      541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

      Despana
      408 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

      Andaz
      1378 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10021

      The Breslin
      20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

      Ma Peche
      15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

      Eataly
      200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010