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My husband and I will be in NYC next week on a vacation that's strictly about eating. We have dinner reservations at:

Toloache
Balaboosta
Bar Boulud
ABC Kitchen
WD-50
Craftbar
Rouge Tomate
A Voce Madison

and are thinking about hitting up Per Se for lunch in the salon (just to say we've been), as well as Di Fara's.

Any suggestions for other must-eat experiences? We're willing to travel anywhere the subway and our feet will take us, outer bouroughs included, and will attempt to eat just about anything.

Thanks all!

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Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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

Toloache
251 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019

A Voce
41 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010

Craftbar
900 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

Bar Boulud
1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

Rouge Tomate
10 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022

Balaboosta
214 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

ABC Kitchen
35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003

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  1. Why did you choose A Voce? I think it's good but not great and could be replaced by something else.

     

    Here are some threads on things I think NYC is good at, like brunch, bagels/smoked salmon, pickles, egg creams, pastrami, pizza, mixology, "ethnic" niches, street food etc.

    Best breakfast and brunch:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/707772

    Please help me eat during a month in new york
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/716238

    Don't leave NY without eating these foods
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/610739

    Pizza in NYC
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6928...

    BTW, I highly recommend RGR's self guided Lower East Side Gustatory tour but sub in Pickle Guys for Guss' Pickles:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/493333

    Best foodie shopping:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/585538
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/697174
    http://www.chow.com/lists/33
    http://www.chow.com/lists/924

    Best mixology / bespoke cocktails:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/609073
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/709227

    For non-Western European/American
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/729498
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/731732

    Foreign Street Grub
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/701278

    totally obscure, odd, and intriguing menu items
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/722130

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    Pickle Guys
    49 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

    A Voce
    41 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010

    3 Replies
    1. re: kathryn

      I chose A Voce using the ever so sophisticated method of flipping through the Sifty 50 on the NY Times Scoop app and asking the hubby which menu he liked best. What would you suggest instead?

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      A Voce
      41 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010

      1. re: tomatolady

        My favorites include Maialino, Babbo, Scarpetta, and Locanda Verde, but they may be booked for your dates already. All do offer walk in seating if you don't mind waits. And perhaps crowding/noise.

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        Babbo
        110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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

        Locanda Verde
        377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

        Maialino
        2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

        1. re: tomatolady

          Maialino

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          Maialino
          2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

      2. I love Di Fara. It's delicious and wonderful and all of that, BUT... I don't often recommend it to people visiting. It's quite the trek, into a neighborhood that is devoid of anything else that visitors (or anyone, really) would be interested in. So, unless you don't mind spending an hour or more to get there (each way), it's really not worth it. There is plenty of great pizza in Manhattan that will be more friendly to your schedule—and allow you to eat more.

        Since you say you're interested in the outer boroughs, you should definitely head out to Flushing in Queens for some amazing Asian food. The cumin lamb noodles at Xi'An Famous Foods (several Manhattan outposts too) are to die for and there are so many other interesting things to eat in Flushing too. (In fact, save your long subway ride for Flushing instead of Di Fara.)

        For good Manhattan pizza: John's, Bleecker Street Pizza, and Keste are my personal favorites.

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        Bleecker Street Pizza
        69 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014

        John's Pizzeria
        278 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

        Keste Pizza & Vino
        271 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

        Xi'an Famous Foods
        81 St. Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

        Xi'an Famous Foods
        88 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

        1. I don't know if Craftbar is that special...and not sure about Rouge Tomate. I think you could possibly swap those out. But in terms of must eat -- it depends on where you're from, what you can't get there that you can get here, those types of variables.

          If you've never had deli, go to Katz's. If you don't get good Chinese, check out Flushing. If you've never had great smoked fish, try Barney Greengrass. There's a lot to NYC outside of places that take reservations....

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          Barney Greengrass
          541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

          Katz's Delicatessen
          205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

          Rouge Tomate
          10 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022