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Mar 13, 2011 01:38 PM

NYC trip early April

My wife and i are coming in for about 5 days of vacation in early April, i have the following as our itinerary of food, but could use a little help (couple things for open times and just thoughts if i should avoid any of my selections). Price range recs pretty much in line with what we have below (i.e. would love to try Per Se, not quite ready to spend a grand on one dinner). We probably need a good pizza place (we have been to most of the standby's such as Lombardi's, Joe's and John's on Bleecker). We also plan to eat breakfast of Donut Plant and one of the bagel places.

Dinner Momofuku (either noodle or ssam bar)
Brunch/Lunch - Mesa Grill (probably a little touristy, but wondering if the food for brunch is actually good)
Dinner - Marc Forgione
Lunch - Nougatine
Dinner - Keens
Lunch - Del Posto
Dinner - NEED HELP going to a 7pm show, should be over by 9pm
Wednesday -
Breakfast - bagel
Lunch - the meatball shop
Dinner - Degustation

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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

Mesa Grill
102 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Marc Forgione
134 Reade Street, New York, NY 10013

1 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

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  1. Where should I start.. For Bagels I think Essa bagels are the best in Manhattan. If you want to try something different Kossars Bialys on Grand St. Maybe try Katzes for lunch if you have not been. Pizza is a big question that will draw many different opinions.. If you make it to Brooklyn I would suggest DIFaras or Lucallis. And you are correct Mesa Grill is very touristy and I was not impressed. Whatever you have I am sure you will enjoy it have a great visit.


    Mesa Grill
    102 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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    1. re: bklynsausage

      Kossar's makes great bialys and bagels but it is not a sit down place and they don't make sammiches out of the bagels or bialys.
      Es-a-bagels has two locations 3rd and 50th and 2nd and 20th ?? I think. Fabulous NYC bagel experience.

      1. re: Motosport

        The other Ess-a-bagel location is 21st and 1st.

    2. Where is your show on Tuesday? Something nearby may be good for a late dinner. Any ideas about cuisines for that dinner, or anything to avoid? Since you are having lunch at Del Posto, should Italian be avoided?

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      1. re: rrems

        we are seeing "that championship season", 242 West 45th Street (Between Broadway and 8th Avenue). I would not be against italian, but that might be some overload. Maybe some sort of asian, or mexican/cuban (i read somewhere someone talking about Hell's Kitchen restaurant, that seemed like an option based on location and a different type of cuisine)

        1. re: tdterry

          We haven't been to Hell's Kitchen (the restaurant). However, based on rrems recommendation, we went to another Mexican, Toloache, and liked it a lot.

          Toloache photos:

          1. re: tdterry

            If you're looking for a pre-theatre restaurant, you might want to try Ma Peche. Great French-Vietnamese cuisine. Ma Peche is the latest of the David Chang restaurants, and one of my favorites (okay-tied for favorite Momofuku restaurant with Ko). I've gone a few times to Ma Peche for pre-theatre, and find it to be perfect for me.

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

        2. I had brunch once at Mesa Grill in the mid-90's and did not care for it at all (though the one dinner we had also around that time was very good).

          Instead, I would recommend brunch at Maialino. The food's delicious (the brioche caramellato and the bomboloni are not-to-be-missed!), service is excellent, and the ambiance is very pleasant.

          Maialino photos here:

          and here:

          1. I like Momofuku Ssam Bar over Noodle Bar. I prefer the ramen at Ippudo. Not a fan of Mesa Grill. Clinton St Baking Company serves up great breakfast/brunch, but you have to be prepared to wait. We generally put our name down, then walk around the neighborhood (or when I'm really feeling gluttonous, we walk to doughnut plant while waiting). If you're lunching at Del Posto, I'd recommend eating after the show rather than before. In Hell's Kitchen, the food isn't remarkable, but there are decent places, such as Hell's Kitchen (the restaurant), Five Napkin Burger (the energetic ambiance is probably better than the food). If you go before the show, Caselulla is a great cheese/wine bar that serves a small menu, as well.

            Momofuku Ssam Bar
            207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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

            Mesa Grill
            102 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011

            65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

            Five Napkin Burger
            2315 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

            1. Avoid Mesa Grill.

              Mesa Grill
              102 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011