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Retaurant list. In town for a week and a half. Suggestions? Comments?

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Hi. I"m going to NYC (solo) at the end of Feb/beginning of March. I"ve made a list of restaurants i plan on going, as well as some on a maybe list. I was wondering if you guys could take a look and suggest restaurants should add or remove from my list, dishes i should try, etc. Money's not too big of an issue for me, but the more affordable, the better.

Jean Georges (lunch)
Eleven Madison Park (tasting.)
Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Shake Shack
The Modern Bar Room
Momofuku Milk/Noodle/Ma Peche/Ssam
Porchetta
Blue Smoke
Balthazar (suggestions?)
WD-50 (most likely tasting. Do they do substitutions?)
Yakitori Totto
Bar Boulud (want to try their charc.)
DBGB
Pizza (haven't decided, but currently leaning towards John's on Bleeker)
a bakery pending suggestions. I want to find some really great bread in NYC.
any suggestions for places in Chinatown?

MAYBE LIST
Daniel
Del Posto (lunch)
Perilla (maybe tasting)

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WD-50
50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

Yakitori Totto
251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

Perilla
9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

Blue Hill
75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

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

Del Posto
85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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

Bar Boulud
1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

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

DBGB
299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

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  1. Great list, but is there a reason why there are no Italian restaurants (except for Del Posto, which is a "maybe")? I'd perhaps consider Babbo, Scarpetta, Marea. Alto, Convivio. Maialino, Lupa, Osteria Morini, or one of the newer places like Ciano, Ai Fiori, Lincoln, Porsena, etc.

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    Lupa
    170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

    Babbo
    110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

    Del Posto
    85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

    Scarpetta
    355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

    Convivio
    45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

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

    Marea
    240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

    Maialino
    2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

    Osteria Morini
    218 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

    Porsena
    21 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

    Ai Fiori
    400 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018

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    1. re: peter j

      2nd -- so many great high end Italian choices in the city!

    2. Wd50 does substitutions on tasting,,,,best meal of my life
      Marea
      Kefi - great food and cheap
      http://teenchefteddy.blogspot.com/

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      Kefi
      505 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

      Marea
      240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

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      1. re: tldmatrix

        WD 50 is so good, and such a different interesting experience

        http://www.examiner.com/ny-in-new-yor...

      2. forget to mention, i dont like seafood (wish i did.)

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        1. re: jys

          The EMP tasting menu contains seafood dishes. For pizza I would recommend Co. Also for great bread try Sullivan's St bakery or Amy's. I would also consider Marea or Scarpetta or Mailino for Italian instead of Del Posto. I went to Daniel for Thanksgiving and it was a disappointment compared to EMP.

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          Del Posto
          85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

          Scarpetta
          355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

          Marea
          240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

          1. re: psk123

            Not liking seafood is no reason not to do the tasting menu at EMP. Since they make accommodations for vegetarians, as well as for people with allergies, I have no doubt they can configure the tasting menu so that it does not contain seafood.

            http://thewizardof roz.wordpress.com

            1. re: RGR

              i'm thinking about sending them an email or something ahead of time.

            2. re: psk123

              I don't think Marea would be terribly interesting for someone who doesn't get into seafood. Scarpetta's nice, but I wouldn't do it over Del Posto. Not like either one will give you a bad meal, though.

              For me, Italian (right now) goes: Del Posto, Babbo and/or Falai tied for second, Scarpetta a VERY close third. But it depends on my mood. I could rearrange those four any day on a whim.

              And what RGR said about EMP. Their whole "thing" is catering to the customer.

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              Babbo
              110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

              Del Posto
              85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

              Falai
              68 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

              Scarpetta
              355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

              Marea
              240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

              1. re: sgordon

                which is great for a restaurant. I'm not going to marea for seafood reason. Same with Le bernardin. But, i'd totally go if offered a free meal at either.

            1. re: RGR

              It depends what kind of pizza the OP wants. I like Motorino, Keste, and Co but if OP is looking for traditional NY style made in a coal oven, then a place like John's on Bleecker or Patsy's in East Harlem is the way to go.

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              Motorino
              349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

              1. re: kathryn

                True enough. However, the pizza we had a John's, albeit several years ago, was totally disappointing, i.e., burnt crust and tasteless sauce. We've never been to Patsty's.

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                1. re: RGR

                  It's odd, when I first moved to the city around 2003, John's was good, and then slowly started going down hill. I wrote them off about 2 years ago after a few really undercooked pies with too much sauce and cheese -- the opposite problem you had.

                  However, my husband insisted we give them another shot 6 months ago, and I really liked the pie. Proper char, proper chew, and all. We've been going back about once a month since and haven't been disappointed yet (though there's always the potential for that!).

                  1. re: kathryn

                    Given that you've been going there quite regularly these day and have found the pies to be correctly prepared and enjoyable, I'll definitely consider giving John's another try.

                    I found it interesting that when we went to Keste, it was early afternoon on a Sunday, and there was a line waiting to get into John's -- as you know, they are across the street from each other -- while we got a table immedaitely at Keste. In fact, there were several available.

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                2. re: kathryn

                  traditional NYC pizza is not made in a coal oven - it's a slice from a neighborhood place.....

                  1. re: thew

                    Both coal oven and gas oven are traditional to NYC. Gas oven pizzerias were introduced in the 1950s whereas coal oven ones stretch back to the early 1900s.

                    http://topics.nytimes.com/top/referen...

                    1. re: kathryn

                      i know the history of NY pizza. but this isn't a matter of history. 99.99% of people think of the slice joint when they think of NYC pizza. 97% of NYC residents will never eat in a coal oven pizzeria

                      yes i made those numbers up

                      1. re: thew

                        I wrote "traditional NY style made in a coal oven" (one phrase) to distinguish between "traditional NY style made in a gas oven."

                        I find many tourists still come here trying to go to Lombardi's and Grimaldi's, etc and that's what they think of when they think NYC pizza, too.

              2. Start making reservations . . .

                Aldea.

                Skip Perilla. Next trip . . .

                I have not been to Eataly. SO just went and really enjoyed his dinner (sorry I don't remember what restaurant). Second peter j's suggestion re: Italian (unless you have really good Italian where you live).

                Maybe add Greek, deli, bagels/bialys if you don't have where you live. Like pizza, really good in NYC.

                There are a lot of threads on Chinatown . . .you might want to do a search of this Board. Good for a snack/lunch or dim sum and inexpensive. I like Big Wong.

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                1. re: financialdistrictresident

                  made reservations at EMP and Modern. as of last night. working on the rest

                  1. re: financialdistrictresident

                    We've eaten at four of the sit-down dining spots at Eataly. All were excellent. Manzo, which we've been to twice, is the only one that accepts reservations (white tablecloths) though you can sit at the counter without one:

                    Manzo photos here (dining room): http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

                    and here (at the counter): http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

                    Il Pesce photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

                    Le Verdure photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

                    Walking around Eataly: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

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