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Feb 28, 2011 08:13 AM

Weekend Trip - Midtown/Hells Kitchen

Any thoughts/suggestions on my dining itinerary for a 2 night trip? Here's my shortlist:

Saturday Lunch: Shake Shack, Arriba Arriba (any other suggestions for something quick? Pizza?)

Saturday Dinner: Basso56, ViceVersa, Scarlatto (italian, near theaters)

Sunday Brunch: Norma's at Parker Meridien (any must-order items?)

Sunday Dinner: 5 Napkin Burger

Dessert: Momofuku Milk Bar


250 West 47th Street, New York, NY 10036

325 West 51st Street, New York, NY 10019

Arriba Arriba
762 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

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

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  1. This might be a really stupid question, but is there a reason why you can't venture out of HK/Midtown? If you're willing to pay for a $10 cab ride, your dining options will be SIGNIFICANTLY better. I lived in HK for 3 years and the only place I really like in HK enough to recommend is Casellula, which doesn't even serve much food. I just like it as a wine/cheese bar. The restaurant, Hell's Kitchen, isn't bad. Norma's is ok, but overpriced. I do like Shake Shack (but I haven't been to the midtown location).

    401 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

    1. Well, since I didn't get much help from this thread, I stuck to my original agenda for dining. Here's how it went:

      Shake Shack - was fine but don't see what the big fuss is about. Comparable to Wendy's and 5Guys...but 5Guys has better fries. The Peanut Butter milkshake was good. They really need more seating.

      Vice Versa - This was a nice dinner - nothing exceptional, but no complaints. The portions were just the right size and prices were average. I had the "amaretto cookies" - loved the flavor, the only thing that would have made it better would have been a cream sauce rather than butter. Grouper w/Lobster Mashed Potatoes was also good and perfectly cooked. A complimentary cookie plate was a nice touch at the end. Service was good and the host (owner/manager?) was very welcoming.

      Normas (brunch): The chocolate decadence french toast was truely exceptional! Despite being so much chocolate, it wasn't overly rich/sweet - just perfect. Also had the breakfast quesadilla - eggs were perfectly cooked. This could easily have been greasy, but it wasn't. Interestingly, the waiter recommended this over the "award-winning" potato pancakes. The portion sizes were huge, as were the prices. I'd rather have a smaller portion and lower prices! Orange juice was $9/glass!! Glad I tried it, but at $80 for 2 people for breakfast, don't think I'll be going back.

      5 Napkin Burger - Been here before and loved it. This time my original burger was severely overcooked. :o( Flavor was still great, but this time didn't notice the rosemary flavor as much.

      Momofuku Milk Bar - Walked past this place 3 times and thought it went out of business - there is no sign! Just the logo on the door, although you can see a "milk" sign inside if you look thru the double doors. (Maybe easier to see at night?). Got the Grasshopper and CinnamonBun pie (to go). YUM.

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

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      1. re: wysguymd

        Appreciate your reporting back. Sorry you didn't get much guidance here.

        Your query's a common one, and there may have been some donor fatigue. But searching on "Hell's Kitchen" or any of the restaurants you named would have yielded some helpful info. Previous reports would have backed up your impressions of Norma's and ViceVersa, for example. Try that next time you're in town.

        325 West 51st Street, New York, NY 10019