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Jan 20, 2011 12:32 PM

DC2NY casual weekend - please critique my plans!

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?

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

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!

      Bar 44 at the Royalton Hotel

      Bar in the Cellar at the Andaz Hotel

      Ma Peche's bar

      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.

      Barney Greengrass
      541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

      408 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

      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

      200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010