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Mar 30, 2011 01:13 PM

Arriving from SF next week, any suggestions, recos or changes to out itinerary would be appreciated.

Six of us arrive next week. We have some reservations and some open spots. Looking to fill in some of the open areas. We will be settled into our hotel by 8:30pm next Thursday evening and have no particular plans but will be hungry. The first night we will most likely want to walk maybe up to six blocks to find a place to eat. Will be staying Times Square W hotel. We are open to all foods, budget is not a concern can be street food to something expensive, just don't want a lot of formal dining ex., Bay Area might be Gary Danko, Michael Mina, etc, would do Per Se as an exception but not available.So here is what we have.

Thursday evening need help per the above.
Friday: Most likely will grab some bagels etc, then going on Circle Line tour. From there going to head to Central park walk around etc. Thought of grabbing something at Azuri Cafe but if not any thoughts on sit down lunch. Thinking Bar Bouloud, Ed's Chowder House, Ma Peche or?
Friday evening res @ Scarpetta

Saturday morning breakfast? We were then going to take train across Brooklyn Bridge and eat at Grimaldi's as we would like to walk back over the bridge. Grimald's seems to get ripped on chowhound. Is it the tourist factor or does the pizza suck. Any other suggestions given our bridge plans. Any good places for a drink and maybe small bite as we come back into Manhattan. Plan is to go head past Southstreet Seaport over to Wall street thru Tribeca and eventually to WV.
Saturday evening we are seeing a show so thought early dinner such as 5 Napkin, Johns, Zigolinis,BXl CAFE, Pigalle or ?

Sunday Brunch: Minetta Tavern, Prune, or ? Later off to someplace like Inoteca LES for glass of wine snack etc then walk EV. Always looking for places to stop in have a drink and bite to eat.
Sunday evening: Gramercy Tavern bar area.

Monday: Breakfast at Clinton Street Bakery, Lunch Katz,
Dinner: Maialino or does it have too much of the feeling of Gramercy Tavern and its food. Also thought of Txikito.

Tuesday Carnegie deli before heading off to JFK.

Grotta Azzura recently reopened is it any good. If we were to do Steak was thinking Uncle Jacks, Angelo&Maxies or Old Homestead.

Thanks for any suggestions.

Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

Gramercy Tavern
42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

Minetta Tavern
113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

Azuri Cafe
465 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019

Old Homestead
56 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

790 8th Ave, New York, NY 10019

355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

Ed's Chowder House
44 W 63rd St, New York, NY 10023

2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

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

47 W 20th St, New York, NY 10010

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  1. Thursday:

    My Times Square go-to is Szechuan Gourmet and as I understand it, the SF Bay Area is not terribly strong in Sichuan? If you can handle the spice, I'd do that. They do stop serving around 9pm though.

    More places near Times Square:


    Do you have thoughts as to where you'll be near Central Park? It's pretty big. Azuri is close-ish but not terribly close to the park. I've not been to Ed's but the other options you listed seem good to me.


    You seem to have a ton planned for this day: breakfast, take train to Grimaldi's, waiting in line at Grimaldi's, eating at Grimaldi's, walking back from Grimaldi's over the Brooklyn Bridge, AND a drink and snack, AND pre-theatre dinner, and then a Broadway show. I'd cut back a little if possible.

    If you want some of the best brunch in the city, make a reservation either at Minetta Tavern or Locanda Verde. Maybe Maialino. Is there a specific neighborhood you wish to dine in or time you wish to dine?

    Grimaldi's is OK -- it's my opinion that they are not the best in town, not the worst either. But for many pizza tourist destinations the quality suffers over time. Out of town palettes tend to like a LOT more cheese, toppings, and sauce than crust here can handle. (NY pizza snobs will tell you 1 topping maximum). Also many visitors find a proper NY style crust to be "burnt" so some places take shortcuts and underbake the pies (this also turns tables over faster). All of these factors can lead to a soggy, undercooked, goopy mess with proportions of crust, cheese, and sauce all out of whack.

    I actually like John's of Bleecker a lot lately, assuming that the crust is properly cooked (you should see some char marks on the bottom when you hold it up). Don't do the John's in Times Square.


    Prune for 6 people means you might be waiting a long time to sit. Why not try dinner there instead?

    For brunch I'd make a reservation somewhere, again, because you have 6 people. Maybe Minetta Tavern as I mentioned before. Then some beers at Blind Tiger. Wine and gelato at Otto. Lots of options for snacking in the WV and EV. A lot depends what you like to drink: cocktails, beer, wine? The really great cocktail bars (like Bourbon & Branch, Alembic, style) don't open until 5pm or 6pm.

    Some West Village ideas:
    Amy's Bread (slice of cake or sticky bun), Murray's Cheese (for some meats and cheese, good cheese straws, sandwiches), Keste (Naples inspired pie -- off times/non-dinner has shorter waits, wine), Joe's Pizza (regular or fresh mozzarella slice), L'Arte de Gelato (olive oil or spicy chocolate gelato, anyone?), Blind Tiger (chili and beer), Faicco's (Italian subs, prosciutto balls, rice balls), Joe the Art of Coffee (coffee and doughnut plant donuts if you get there early enough), Patisserie Claude (croissants, tarts), Mamoun's (falafel), Artichoke's new MacDougal location (square slice), Gray's Papaya or Papaya Dog (not the best in town but a classic), Rocco Patisserie (freshly filled cannoli), Otto (antipasti, pastas, olive oil gelato, wine) ...

    See also:

    In the East Village, maybe the East 7th Street Tour: Porchetta, Butter Lane, Luke's Lobster, Caracas Arepa Bar, and you could pair this with beers at Burp Castle/Jimmy's No 43 and/or a visit to d.b.a.

    Maialino is a pretty different atmosphere from Gramercy Tavern and VERY different food. It's definitely worth a stop. Do you already have a reservation? It's pretty popular. However, Txikito is unique as it's Basque food, and if you don't have that in the Bay Area, I'd do that instead.

    For steak, make sure you check out Keens. Classic old school NY charm. And history! Perfect for visitors. And the porterhouse for two is pretty damn good as well.

    Murray's Cheese
    254 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

    260 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

    Patisserie Claude
    187 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

    Joe the Art of Coffee
    141 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

    Rocco's Pastry Shop
    243 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

    L'Arte del Gelato
    75 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014

    Gramercy Tavern
    42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

    72 West 36th St., New York, NY 10018

    Mamoun's Falafel
    119 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

    Minetta Tavern
    113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

    1 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

    Caracas Arepa Bar
    93 1/2 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

    Szechuan Gourmet
    21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

    Azuri Cafe
    465 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019

    Amy's Bread
    250 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

    Blind Tiger
    281 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

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

    Joe's Pizza
    7 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

    Jimmy's No. 43
    43 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

    54 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003

    Gray's Papaya
    402 6th Ave, New York, NY 10014

    41 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

    Burp Castle
    41 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

    110 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

    240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

    Butter Lane
    123 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

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

    Locanda Verde
    377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

    Luke's Lobster
    93 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

    2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

    47 W 20th St, New York, NY 10010

    111 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

    Papaya Dog
    333 Sixth Ave, New York, NY 10012

    2 Replies
    1. re: kathryn


      Thanks for all the great suggestions in EV,WV. Blind Tiger sounds perfect. On a Saturday around noon what kind of wait are you talking about at Grimaldi's. And yes probably have too much packed in for one day. I'm sure spontineity along with revisions will be the order of the day. Yes we do have a reservation for Mailaino on Monday.

      Blind Tiger
      281 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

      47 W 20th St, New York, NY 10010

      1. re: gceats

        Depends a lot on the weather since most of the waiting is done outside.

        I've never done Grimaldi's with a group of six--you'll have more luck asking on the Outer Boroughs board. But most people there will steer you away from Grimaldi's.

        47 W 20th St, New York, NY 10010